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Why 1 Out of Every 1000 Tweets Is Porn

By February 20, 2015 February 16th, 2017 No Comments

Yep, you read that right.

Not too long ago, Channel 4 News in England investigated the extent of the Twitter porn community and revealed that as many as 500,000 sexual images are posted daily, including images of hardcore and extreme sexual practices.

Their analysts found that roughly one in every thousand tweets on Twitter is a pornographic image. That means that there are more pictures of porn than there are of pets, people, or products.

This is a staggering statistic for the social media giant, especially when compared to other social platforms. Both Facebook and Instagram do not allow porn on their platforms and have an easy-to-use system for reporting inappropriate content. Even Vine, the 6-second video sharing platform that Twitter owns, placed a ban on posting porn as well. But Twitter itself, with its 232 million active users worldwide, has almost zero restrictions on posting porn. And because the platform has allowed itself to become the girls gone wild west of social media, the porn industry sees Twitter as one of the few remaining social media outlets for marketing and promotion.

One porn model with more than 60,000 Twitter followers, told Channel 4 News: “When I first came into the industry one of the first pieces of advice was to get on Twitter. It’s about building your profile, you can see who’s shooting and it’s a good way of contacting people. 97% of the work I’ve got is me approaching people and them approaching me on Twitter.”

That should tell you something.

One of the biggest problems is that Twitter is hugely popular among the younger generation. Of the UK’s 15 million Twitter users, it’s estimated that more than 1 million are under 18 years old. This is why it is such a big problem that Twitter has done next to nothing to prevent porn from becoming rampant on their platform. Not only does Twitter not ask for your age when you sign-up, but it also allows anyone on a browser to navigate Twitter and view content without signing in. This means that even if Twitter introduced age restrictions to the site, kids without an account would still be able to view porn without logging in.

Twitter does allow users to mark their content as “adults-only”, which means viewers are given a warning message that they must tap to dismiss before viewing the image. Another porn model with a sizable Twitter following told Channel 4 News: “You can have a warning which comes up every time you post a picture which says click if you want to see it. So it doesn’t just come up on someone’s screen. They have to click to see it. That’s as censored as Twitter gets. I try to be clear on my bio that it’s an 18+ account.” However, a lot of porn accounts don’t bother to add this disclaimer to their content and post away for anyone to see. It’s also not a huge obstacle to simply make one click to reveal an image.

As you can see, the main problem with Twitter is that anyone can be exposed to hardcore porn at any time due to the site turning a blind eye to the issue. Even the porn model’s themselves have a higher standard that they think Twitter should be held to. “I think Twitter should look at filtering and putting in an 18+ restriction,” said one porn actress. “I think everyone in the adult industry would think that’s the right thing. We have children and younger family members and don’t want them seeing stuff that is too full-on and inappropriate.”

Now you know if the ones creating the porn are saying that Twitter should tighten things up a bit, then you know the problem is getting out of hand.

Let us be clear that we are not here to bash on Twitter. We are very active on Twitter and have over 21,000 Fighters repping the movement on our Twitter account.

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Twitter is awesome because it’s a place where you can directly connect with your friends as well as favorite celebrities, brands, and causes. But it’s important to remember that porn is becoming increasing popular on the platform. Be mindful of who you follow, who they follow, and what they retweet. Remember that you don’t have to be following porn accounts for it to pop up in your feed. And that’s what we’re not cool with.

Tweet on, Fighters.

What YOU Can Do

If you’re not cool with Twitter’s lax restrictions on porn, SHARE this article so people are aware of the problem. We should all be able to be on Twitter without having to worry about seeing hardcore porn. Spread the facts on the harms of pornography.

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