Sex workers are speaking out about increasingly being forced off social media platforms. They are allegedly dealing with suspended accounts, suspicions of their accounts getting hit with “shadowbans,” and a long-standing refusal for platforms to verify sex workers unless they reach a certain level of fame. Some members of the industry say they now feel unwelcome on platforms they’ve used for years to build their personal brand communicate with their fans.
Melody Kush, a camgirl with over 10 years in the industry, was permanently suspended from Twitter in May 2017 right before she was slated to give a talk about social media at an industry convention. Kush was had built a strong online presence with 114,000 Twitter followers up to that point.