Instagram bans Pornhub

Originally published at: Instagram bans Pornhub | Boing Boing


Porn has always led technologically. As soon as there were printed books, there were porn stories. When photography was invented, porn was right there to take and sell the photos. Porn was first in street pamphlets, broadsheets, and magazines. Porn was first in movie theatres, first on home video, and first in rental video. Porn was first on BBSes. ARPAnet had porn on it. Usenet had porn. Pay-per-view and video-on-demand both came with porn. As soon as BitTorrent happened, porn was on it. Now streaming, video chat, micro-transaction camshows– all porn.

Consenting adult porn is a healthy thing! The more people have access to sex-positive legal content made with consent, the better off we’ll all be.


Porn, tee-shirts, and dodgy financial transactions have made the internet what we know and love.


Anything that makes Zuckerberg’s toxic swamps less appealing to huge consumer segments (e.g. porn lovers) is a good thing.

The real issue here, as usual, is Facebook’s abuse of its semi-monopoly status.


Don’t forget cat pictures.


Previously called Morality in Media.


I vaguely recall a pro Communications Decency Act oped that talked up the whole “civilizing the internet frontier” aspect. I dunno why it stuck with me-- guess it reminded me of Helen Lovejoy


And with people who are into catgirls, it can be two things!


The Internet is for Porn
From AVENUE Q, a Broadway show


Don’t forget about virtual reality, teledildonics, and other innovations.

And now pretty much any kink or fetish has some sort of representation and devoted community behind it. In the old days, you’d have to search really hard to find anything to do with any unconventional interests.


This is another version of the whole “who should be regulating the internet” thing currently going on with Cloudflare.

In one corner, you have MindGeek’s PornHub, which has been repeatedly posted about here on Boing Boing about their wanton disregard for both actual underage porn, as well as “revenge porn” and even unlicensed copies of legitimate porn, and doing absolutely nothing about all of that until the NYT outed the whole shitshow and finally caused them to validate all content. That is unquestionably good that it happened for both the vulnerable and for adult sex workers who were having their work exploited.

In the other corner, you have people who are trying very hard to have any avenues for legitimate sex workers to ply their trade wiped from the internet. IMHO without a doubt, Visa being forced into this lawsuit will make the OnlyFans and other legitimate sites have to fight that much harder to keep their contracts and stay in business, especially OF, who nearly removed all adult content due to shareholder pressure not that long ago.

In this case, as with the whole Cloudflare situation, the ends justify the means, as vulnerable communities are further protected from a company (MindGeek) that legit straight-up was exploiting both child victims and adult sex workers and deserve what they get. But IMHO, the “ends” in this case will also harm the long-term viability of online, legitimate sex work, especially platforms that enable direct performers to be compensated for their work. And there’s very little that can be done about it if the CC companies all decide to pull out of adult businesses, all in the name of the genuinely important protection of vulnerable populations from exploitation, and the very not important “decency” crowd that will cheer on another step towards the demise of sex-work as legitimate.


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