If you have experienced searchbans on twitter or have had your instagram shut down for being a sex worker then THIS article and video is exactly the help you NEED. Ever since FOSTA/SESTA, sex workers have been screwed over by banks, social media and basically everything that is of assistance to our SW business. Twitter is THE most helpful social media site/app for promoting yourself as a sex worker but still has limitations on its usage for SW positive tweeting and media.
Twitter remains THE most useful social media site for sex work because it is labelled as a MATURE rated site. Did you know this? Go download the Official Twitter app from the Play Store and see for yourself! Because of this, twitter is poised as the ONE space where SW’s can freely promote themselves. But like everything good there is a price to pay. The price in this case is shadowbans and searchbans. I do not know ONE single sex worker-be they cammer, domme, FSSW, porn actor, PSO and so on-who has not been affected by these bans on twitter.
Twitter is rated as a “Mature” site and remains the sex worker’s best bet for self promotion
And InstaGram is a whole nother pain in the ass for our scene. IG has a habit of shutting down sex worker accounts for very small infringements such as wearing sexy outfits. The reason this is SO insulting is because reality starlets and actors wear similar outfits and receive zero account consequences. The account and picture removal is targeted. can you guess who the targets usually are? That’s right-US. Sex workers.
So the real question is HOW to avoid getting search banned, shadow banned or just BANNED BANNED on Instagram and Twitter. On IG be very careful of sending LINKS to clear sex work type accounts and payment options. YES-they read your DM’s. So if you are DMing adult snapchat links and payment options it COULD get you shut down. We have fuckers like OMID actively working to shut down porn accounts across IG. You have to be very careful how you handle your account on Instagram. Use it to promote your brand but not to do your business transactions. This is one of the safest ways to use IG as a sex worker.
APAG Union has been instrumental in the struggle for reinstated sex worker accounts on Instagram
APAG union has been very helpful in getting some accounts back for sex workers who have been COMPLETELY removed (banned) from Instagram. Keep in mind they can not help every single person who asks. they have been inundated nonstop with sex workers asking for help getting their accounts back. APAG is the Adult Performers Actors Guild so their primary focus will always be those in the adult filming and porn industries. But they are a fantastic resource and absolutely deserve the support of the community at large. Be sure to Follow APAG on twitter.
WATCH THIS VIDEO FOR HELP!
Ok, so on to TWITTER. This is where I have THE tip that can really help you most. I learned this trick through my own nonstop issues with being searchbanned and shadowbanned. firstly, be sure and mark your account as “sensitive” in settings. this simply means you might be posting adult types of content in your tweets. this can help you avoid getting reported or shadowbanned. But here comes the REAL TRICK. STOP USING HASHTAGS!
That’s right. Stop using hashtags as a way to promote your own involvement in certain kinks. If you use the hashtag #chastity it can lead to you being searchbanned. But do you have to stop using the WORD chastity? NO. Simply choose to use it in the text of your tweet, as part of the conversation-NOT as a tag.
The Twitter algorithm looks for certain habits…try to avoid them
The beautiful thing is that your use of the word will STILL show up in searches for that topic. you don’t have to use a hashtag for your tweet to show up in searches. But the TAG version of the word sets off the twitter algorithm for “bots.” So using tags gets you noticed in a negative way by the algorithm that enacts bans. It can take some time to reverse this after you stop using them but the uptick in followers is worth it.
Social media is a necessary part of business as a sex worker. we need to be able to promote ourselves, our content and more. It is a double edged sword. The social media promo can bring us lots of money or can cockblock us right out of it. Learning to use it wisely is learning to promote ourselves with savvy mindedness. Get on it. The hustle is worth making moderate changes. Good luck, US.