X Announces Users Can Now Share Sexual Content on Platform

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X Announces Users Can Now Share Sexual Content on Platform

By Movieguide® Contributor

X, formerly known as Twitter, has just announced it will allow sexual content to be distributed by users. 

“You may share consensually produced and distributed adult nudity or sexual behavior, provided it’s properly labeled and not prominently displayed,” a new update from X reads

The platform continued, “We believe that users should be able to create, distribute, and consume material related to sexual themes as long as it is consensually produced and distributed. Sexual expression, whether visual or written, can be a legitimate form of artistic expression. We believe in the autonomy of adults to engage with and create content that reflects their own beliefs, desires, and experiences, including those related to sexuality. We balance this freedom by restricting exposure to Adult Content for children or adult users who choose not to see it.”

The update said X would “prohibit content promoting exploitation, nonconsent, objectification, sexualization or harm to minors, and obscene behaviors” and does “not allow sharing Adult Content in highly visible places such as profile photos or banners.”

This is not an unexpected move for X. A 2022 article from Relevant Magazine found that “adult content now makes up 13 percent of tweets,” adding, “Twitter is the only major social media platform that allows nudity on its site.”

That same year, Reuters reported that many major advertisers, including Dyson, Forbes and PBS Kids, had removed ad campaigns from the social media platform because their ads appeared next to tweets soliciting child pornography. 

“We’re horrified,” David Maddocks, brand president at Cole Haan, told Reuters of the issue. “Either Twitter is going to fix this, or we’ll fix it by any means we can, which includes not buying Twitter ads.”

Movieguide® previously reported on some of the sexual content that has appeared on X, including deep-fake pornography:

Explicit deepfakes of pop star Taylor Swift have been circulating the internet, calling attention to the dangers of deepfake pornography.  

The Guardian defines a deepfake as “The 21st century’s answer to Photoshopping, deepfakes use a form of artificial intelligence called deep learning to make images of fake events, hence the name deepfake.” 

The false, sexually explicit images of Swift went viral on X, formerly Twitter, last week, garnering over 27 million views and 260,000 likes within a span of 19 hours, per NBC

X blocked her name from its search engine. 

“Since last Sunday, searches for ‘Taylor Swift’ on X have returned the error message, ‘Oops, something went wrong,’” CBS News said. “X blocked the search term after pledging to remove the deepfake AI-generated images from the platform and take ‘appropriate actions’ against accounts that shared them.” 

X notified users via its Safety account that “Posting Non-Consensual Nudity (NCN) images is strictly prohibited on X and we have a zero-tolerance policy towards such content. Our teams are actively removing all identified images and taking appropriate actions against the accounts responsible for posting them.” 

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