Due to new legislation signed into law by President Trump, we have little choice but to shut down our Kink forums.
On April 11th, President Trump signed a law known as FOSTA/SESTA. The law makes websites like ours liable for content that might be posted by members of the forums if it relates to sex work. The law undermines the most important law protecting free speech online:
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act
"No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider"
As such, we were previously not liable for what users said on our forums. This is not the case any longer.
Our forums were once a place where users could talk about their favorite scenes, models, and directors as well as their own sexual identity and interests without shame. Now, even casual discussions related to topics like Dommes or fetish work could lead to legal liability for our employees. Without the full protection of the CDA, monitoring our forums for content related to sex work would not only have been challenging and ineffective, it would make us complicit as censors.
The law was passed under the guise of stopping sex trafficking, but its actual effect has been to silence sex workers. The bottom line is: FOSTA/SESTA will unequivocally threaten Freedom of Speech, make trafficking victims less safe, and put sex worker lives at risk.
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