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Wednesday, June 12 • 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Tumblr, Porn, Sex Work and Queer Lives on a Healthy Internet: What happens when a platform decides to kill communities?

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In late 2018, Tumblr announced it was banning NSFW content. This impacts many existing well-developed communities that exist on tumblr. LGBTQ communities have provided support for countless youth who are trying to find safe environments to connect with similar-minded people. Feminist pornographers curate complex and sophisticated feeds of female-focused adult content that is difficult-to-impossible to find elsewhere. Sex workers use the platform to safely promote, communicate, and collaborate in ways that are increasingly difficult in the wake of FOSTA/SESTA legislation, an issue with often life-threatening real-world implications. All these communities and more -- nude models of colour, fandom content creators, transfolk gender activists, and countless others -- are being wiped out by this ban. And while Tumblr does not have a legal obligation to host any of this content, the sudden and short-notice sterilization of millions of accounts, years of content, and archives of queer history is one with wide-reaching effects. What responsibility do platforms have to existing communities? Is it possible for a marginalized digital community to develop at scale without the infrastructure and goodwill of a major corporation? And what happens in a diaspora of hundreds of thousands of content creators, with few platforms willing to host them?

Wednesday June 12, 2019 5:15pm - 6:30pm
L'Escale (Laico)

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