X issues statement confirming the platform’s unusual new rules on ‘adult content’


X owner Elon Musk clearly isn’t phased by the odd naked buttocks or two as the platform has issued a new statement on its ‘adult content’ policy.

Over the past few years, OnlyFans creators have used the likes of X to promote their explicit content, including nude imagery, sex scenes and X-rated videos.

Meanwhile, conservative political commentator Candace Owens has recently shared the view that platforms like X is not a place for pornography.

Last month, she called porn ‘a psychological weapon intended to weaken our men’.

A Belgian regulator has also argued that online platforms, like X, should not have adult content on it.

Karim Ibourki, who leads Belgium’s French-speaking audiovisual council, said: “We’re up against giants that still don’t give a damn. That is the reality.”

Amid calls to ban explicit content from the platform, X has updated us with its new policy.

It said: “You may share consensually produced and distributed adult nudity or sexual behaviour, provided it’s properly labeled and not prominently displayed.

“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.”

It continued: “We balance this freedom by restricting exposure to Adult Content for children or adult users who choose not to see it.

“We also prohibit content promoting exploitation, non consent, objectification, sexualization or harm to minors, and obscene behaviours.

“We also do not allow sharing Adult Content in highly visible places such as profile photos or banners.”

The social media platform said that it defines adult content as ‘any consensually produced and distributed material depicting adult nudity or sexual behaviour that is pornographic or intended to cause sexual arousal’.

“This also applies to AI-generated, photographic or animated content such as cartoons, hentai, or anime,” X said.

In a bid to stop children from accessing adult content, X has asked its creators to ‘please adjust your media settings’.

“Doing so places all your images and videos behind a content warning that needs to be acknowledged before your media can be viewed,” it added.

“You can also add a one-time content warning on individual posts. If you continue to fail marking your posts, we will adjust your account settings for you.

“Users under 18 or viewers who do not include a birth date on their profile cannot click to view marked content.”

X said that users ‘may begin to see new media content warnings on posts that X has designated as containing Adult Content (instead of a generic sensitive media label)’.

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