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They say that sexual expression, work, and porn are under attack. First Craiglists’ classified ads for sex related interests was dismantled, then Tumblr’s removed adult content, and Facebook and Instagram have explicitly banned porn and anything too risque from their platforms. Twitter may be the latest platform to take a similar stance, leaving sex workers and their admirers on alert due to a change in their policy set to take place on January 1, 2020.

The social media platform announced a changed in its policy:

via The Daily Dot

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Twitter considers “violent sexual conduct” to be any media that portrays violent actions alongside sexual interactions, “whether real or simulated.” This includes “simulated lack of consent,” or consensually produced porn that plays with nonconsensual themes (better known as “consensual nonconsent”). The site bans “sexualized violence,” including “inflicting physical harm on an individual within an intimate setting” when “it is not immediately obvious” if all participants have given their consent. Given how Twitter defines adult content, it appears these policies also apply to adult artwork such as furry and anime porn.

Twitter further reserves the right to remove any adult material “that depicts violent sexual conduct or gratuitous gore anywhere,” and the platform may permanently ban accounts “dedicated to posting this type of content.” While adult content is still allowed, Twitter warns that any accounts “dedicated to posting sensitive media” may face a permanent suspension if sensitive content accounts for the “majority of your activity on Twitter.” Taken to its logical conclusion, this could turn into a broader ban on NSFW content.

However, it is also being reported that consensual pornography will not be banned. The likes of which people tend to indulge in on OnlyFans and most porn in general. Out.com has provided further details:

via Out.com

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“Accounts that simply post adult content either to express their sexuality or their interests will not be suspended,” a Twitter spokesperson said in July. Reached by Out this weekend, a separate Twitter spokesperson held to that, stating that there actually had been no update to the company’s TOS “sensitive content” section, where adult content is regulated, since the initial reports in July, and that users can expect porn to be treated the same in 2020 as it had been in 2019. 

“The only thing updated in November was the reporting instructions,” the spokesperson confirmed, referencing two Twitter threads and a blog post detailing those changes. Both Daily Dot and Gizmodo acknowledge that the updates they reported on were implemented in May but, for some reason, still opted to stoke hysteria by running their new stories as if there would be some changes coming in 2020. Instead, the current policy will continue: consensual pornographic content is allowed when it is uploaded into tweets. Adult content is not allowed in header images, profile photos, or in Twitter live streams — if it is posted there, users could see their accounts indefinitely suspended.

One aspect of the TOS that did get an update in wording that might be pertinent to those who post porn was pointed out by XBIZ. One new clause says “We may also remove or refuse to distribute any Content on the Services, limit distribution or visibility of any Content on the service, suspend or terminate users, and reclaim usernames without liability to you.” The “limit distribution or visibility of any Content on the service” is an update that will go into effect on January 1, 2020. But what does this mean?

The Twitter spokesperson we spoke to said that the policy has always been there, “we have just clarified the language.” What this essentially means is that, this is something that Twitter has long done, and is now putting words to it.

XBIZ surmised — and we are inclined to agree — that this is simply verbalizing the app’s ongoing practice of shadowbanning. For accounts who post primarily adult content, Twitter sometimes makes it more difficult to find their account handles, and even sometimes makes it impossible to search the account’s tweets using the in-app tool. And while that definitely sucks and requires some maneuvering, it does not constitute a looming NSFW ban on the service.

Twitter has yet to make an official, outright statement about adult content on its platform. Honestly, we are in favor of Twitter banning porn on its platform. We feel there is a place and space for everything. Pornhub actually has profiles people can create for themselves and monetize by posting their own amateur porn videos. It would be nice to scroll on Twitter without seeing a miscellaneous penis, vagina, or anus on our timelines–even when you do not follow anyone who does. Needless to say those retweets are dangerous. What do you guys think? Are you here for a Twitter porn ban or no? Sound off in the comments section below!

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“The Kennedy Curse” Strikes Again..The Search for Robert F. Kennedy’s Granddaughter & Her Son is Called Off

The Kennedys are the equivalent to royalty in The United States. Wealth, power, fame, fortune, and unfortunately death are what we associate with this family. However, it seems “The Kennedy Curse,” (via Wikipedia) refers to “a series of deaths, accidents, and other calamities involving members of the American Kennedy family. The alleged curse has primarily struck the children and descendants of businessman Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., but it has also affected family friends, associates, and other relatives. Political assassinations and plane crashes have been the most common manifestations of the curse.”

Now, the latest victims of The Kennedy Curse are Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter, Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, 40, and McKean’s 8-year-old son, Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean. Both are now presumed dead, having been killed in a canoeing accident. The search to rescue them has been called off, and is now a recovery mission for their bodies.

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The Kennedys are the equivalent to royalty in The United States. Wealth, power, fame, fortune, and unfortunately death are what we associate with this family. However, it seems “The Kennedy Curse,” (via Wikipedia) refers to “a series of deaths, accidents, and other calamities involving members of the American Kennedy family. The alleged curse has primarily struck the children and descendants of businessman Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., but it has also affected family friends, associates, and other relatives. Political assassinations and plane crashes have been the most common manifestations of the curse.”

Now, the latest victims of The Kennedy Curse are Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter, Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, 40, and McKean’s 8-year-old son, Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean. Both are now presumed dead, having been killed in a canoeing accident. The search to rescue them has been called off, and is now a recovery mission for their bodies.

via USA Today

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The U.S. Coast Guard announced Friday evening the search would be suspended for Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, 40, and McKean’s 8-year-old son, Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean after an extensive 26-hour search that covered more than 3,600 square miles of air, sea and land.

“This was a difficult case, and even more difficult to make the decision to suspend the search,” Cmdr. Matthew Fine said in a statement. Fine is the deputy sector commander and active search suspension authority at Sector Maryland-National Capitol Region command center. “Our crews and partners did everything they could to find them. We’ve kept the family informed at every step during the search, and our thoughts are with them tonight.”

The initial mission to rescue Townsend McKean and her son had turned into one of “recovery,” the family said Friday ahead of the announcement the search would be called off. 

No matter where you stand politically the loss of these lives is tragic. They were mother and son and now their families are left to mourn yet another loss in a string of assassinations, plane crashes, and boating accidents that have claimed so many of their relatives’ lives. Let’s keep them in our prayers.

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Really? Arizona & A Few Other States Declare Golf Essential

Surprisingly, Arizona, along with Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina, have all declared golf to be essential during quarantine. This all comes as a shock as nationwide people are being asked, or forced, to stay at home, to prevent the spread of coronavirus, golfers are allowed to still play.

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Surprisingly, Arizona, along with Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina, have all declared golf to be essential during quarantine. This all comes as a shock as nationwide people are being asked, or forced, to stay at home, to prevent the spread of coronavirus, golfers are allowed to still play.

via People

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On Monday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey enacted a stay-at-home order through the end of April, requiring all residents to remain home unless going out for an essential activity, The Hill reported.

The governor’s order deems outdoor recreational activities as essential, so long as it is possible to practice social distancing.

“This includes golf courses if restrictions on food and beverage service under Executive Order 2020-09 are followed,” the order reads, according to the news release.

However, the governor has faced criticism for the decision, as the activity continues to bring groups of people together.

Ann O’Conner, an Arizona resident whose home looks over a private golf course, told The Guardian that as it remains open, she continues to see people piling into golf carts and golfers playing together in groups.

“It’s really disconcerting because you just see these people and there’s no social distancing,” O’Connor told the outlet. “It is like a huge, sick experiment.”

 

“Essential services during #COVID-19 are not golf and beauty salons. They are first responders, grocers, pharmacists, and few others,” she wrote.

As of the morning of April 1, Arizona has reported 1,298 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 24 deaths, according to a New York Times database.

Arizona isn’t the only state to keep golf courses open as the virus continues to spread.

According to the Myrtle Beach Sun News, North Carolina issued a stay-at-home order March 27 with the exclusion of golf, as did South Carolina after passing the state’s order on Tuesday.

In Florida, many golf courses are staying open as well. According to Golfweek, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an order on March 17 to reduce crowd sizes in restaurants, nightclubs, and beaches, however, golf courses were left out of the picture.

TheColumbus Dispatchreported that golf courses in Ohio are allowed to stay open under Gov. Mike DeWine’s stay-at-home order, so long as golfers practice social distancing while on the green.

“If your golf course is operating as an outdoor recreation opportunity and abiding by all of the order’s social distancing requirements, there is likely not a health concern,” Ohio Department of Health spokeswoman Melanie Amato told the outlet Tuesday.

We completely disagree with any of these states being allowed to declare golfing essential. This has to be one of the most classist and egregious acts we have ever heard of. We are praying for all the lives affected by coronavirus, and that lawmakers and those in power will make sound decisions for their citizens and constituents.

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D.C. Cancels its Black Gay Pride Festivities for 1st Time in 30 Years, Cites Coronavirus Precautions

For the last few months the effects of coronavirus have engulfed the entire world. Life has seemingly halted as schools have closed, jobs have shut down, theaters have closed, and many have been quarantined to prevent the spread of this pandemic. Thus, it comes as no surprise that Washington, D.C., set for Memorial Day weekend, has decided to cancel the festivities for this year’s Black Gay Pride events, citing coronavirus concerns and safety. This marks the first time in thirty years the celebration will not take place.

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For the last few months the effects of coronavirus have engulfed the entire world. Life has seemingly halted as schools have closed, jobs have shut down, theaters have closed, and many have been quarantined to prevent the spread of this pandemic. Thus, it comes as no surprise that Washington, D.C., set for Memorial Day weekend, has decided to cancel the festivities for this year’s Black Gay Pride events, citing coronavirus concerns and safety. This marks the first time in thirty years the celebration will not take place.

via DCBlackPride.org 

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DC Black Pride 2020 Has Been Canceled

There is no higher priority than the health and well-being of Black LGBTQA community. In light of the continuing global impact and community transmission of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) — and in accordance with public health recommendations the Center for Black Equity has made the unprecedented decision to cancel DC Black Pride 2020. For the first time in 30 years, we will not gather in DC to celebrate our community during Memorial Day Weekend.

This too shall pass. We will celebrate the 30th DC Black Pride in 2021, bigger and more celebratory than ever.

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We understand that Black Gay Pride in any city is a big event for many Black LGBT people, but we concur that the safety, health, and well-being of everyone comes first. Besides Pride is more than just festivities, parades, and parties; it’s knowing who you are and celebrating the freedom and hard fought for right to be yourself. With that said, let’s all continue practicing social distancing–no gatherings in the absence of festivities.

Thus far Los Angeles has canceled its Pride festivities and New York is rumored to soon follow. There is no word of other cities cancelling their Black Gay Pride or regular Pride festivities, but if the threat of coronavirus continues to linger then it is a real possibility. We are praying for everyone’s safety and that this will all end soon. Lord knows we want the world better than it was before this all started and at least some sort of normalcy.

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