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Elon Musk’s X now Officially Allows Users to Post Adult Content, ‘Porn’

X new rules greenlights sharing of pornographic content on the platform.

Elon Musk’s social media network, X (formerly Twitter) has updated its rules & policies and now lets users post adult content.

According to the new guidelines on the social platform’s “adult content policy” page, X highlights the rule saying that its users are now officially permitted to share “consensually produced and distributed adult nudity or sexual behavior,” as long as it is “labeled and not prominently displayed”

“We have launched Adult Content and Violent Content policies to bring more clarity of our Rules and transparency into enforcement of these areas. These policies replace our former Sensitive Media and Violent Speech policies – but what we enforce against hasn’t changed.” posted X’s Safety Account.

While this new policy officially permits X users to post adult content, the platform under Musk has always had active NSFW (not safe for work) communities following the revamp of Twitter Blue (now X Premium) hosting adult content. However, the new rule now requires users to label such content as sensitive. The social network defines “adult content” as any “consensually produced and distributed material depicting adult nudity or sexual behavior that is pornographic or intended to cause sexual arousal.” This applies to all adult content including AI-generated, photographic, and animated.

“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, visual or written, can be a legitimate form of artistic expression,” reads X’s “adult content” policies.

Yet simultaneously allowing adults to engage with and create sexual content, X is balancing “this freedom” by limiting exposure of such content for children and adult users who wish not to see it. Additionally, content that is exploitative, nonconsensual, objectifying, sexualizing, or harmful to minors, and depicting obscene behaviors is prohibited.

In October 2022, the company estimated that adult content made up 13% of the site’s posts, according to an internal slide presentation seen by Reuters. The news agency had earlier reported that major advertisers including Dyson, PBS Kids, and Forbes had suspended advertising due to accounts that were soliciting child pornography on the social platform.

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Winnie Nantongo

Winnie is a tech reporter with a passion for digital media & communications.

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