Is removing adult content bad for business?

Tumblr's recent decision could have unintended consequences

By Mary Elizabeth Williams

Senior Writer

Published December 6, 2018 9:00AM (EST)

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Salon introduces questions of the day, where we invite you to lead the conversation.

This week, Tumblr announced that going forward, it will ban "all sexualized nudity," a shift that will make the platform more family-friendly but have a chilling effect on adult entertainers who rely on camming for their business.

Is the Tumblr decision a move toward discouraging exploitation, or a blow that make the lives of sex workers more dangerous?

By Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams is a senior writer for Salon and author of "A Series of Catastrophes & Miracles."

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