Hundreds of pornstars and sex workers have had their Instagram accounts deleted. Performers and campaigners are demanding they be treated the same as all other performers by bosses at the social media platform. Alana Evans, president of the Adult Performers Actors Guild, is one of those fighting for the rights of women in the industry and says she has collected more than 1, names of people who have had their accounts removed - despite not showing any explicit content. Speaking about her campaign, Ms Evans told the BBC : "I should be able to model my Instagram account on Sharon Stone or any other verified profile, but the reality is that doing that would get me deleted. The ongoing campaign led to a meeting with Instagram in June to create a new appeal system for people who have had their accounts reported and removed. Ms Evans said she was particularly upset when she found out that the account belonging to former pornstar, Jessica Jaymes, was removed following her death. The profile, which had , followers, was later reinstated, but Ms Evans said it was awful to see. According to adult performers, the issue goes back a year to when either an individual or a group of people joined up to have accounts removed. One of those mentioned goes by the name 'Omid' and regularly boasts about having been personally responsible for a number of actors' accounts being kicked off the site. Performers have also claimed that their removal was often followed up by a series of abusive messages left by those claiming to have been involved.
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Over 1, adult performers are accusing Instagram of unfairly deleting their post and accounts, Thomas Fabbri at BBC first reported. Members of the Adult Performers Actors Guild APAG say that their posts and sometimes entire accounts were deleted for violating community standards, although they say they didn't post any nudity or sexual content. The performers' take issue with what they see as Instagram's unequal enforcement of rules. Director Erika Lust pointed out a double standard, that male celebrities especially have much more leeway posting suggestive content.
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By James Pero For Dailymail. BBC reports that at least 1, adult performers say their profiles have been deleted by Instagram despite not ever showing nudity or sex. Performers say their posts are subject to a double-standard and that similar images posted by users who aren't in the porn industry are allowed to remain on the platform without scrutiny. According to Instagram's guidelines, the platform does not allow 'photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks.
Sex censorship online is not new. Her group, a chapter of the federally recognized International Entertainment Adult Union, advocates for performers. Instagram asked for the meeting after sex workers protested outside its London offices in May and APAG planned a similar action at its Silicon Valley headquarters. After an investigation, we found that there was confusion around some language in our training materials for content moderators — leading to errors in enforcement. We have clarified our training materials to minimize the number of errors. Hundreds of actors have reported issues to her in the months since, and Evans said communication with the company has stalled.