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X Formally Allows Adult, Graphic Content on the Platform

X, formerly Twitter, has officially announced that it will accept its users to share adult and graphic content on the platform.

Unlike Facebook or Instagram, adult content and nudity have long been on X and were never expressly prohibited, even prior to Elon Musk’s takeover.

According to Tech Crunch, the new guidelines permit users to share adult content provided it is consensually produced and distributed as adult nudity or sexual behavior.

Posting explicit content is now officially allowed under the new policy, provided that it is labelled and not shown prominently such as in account banners or profile images.

Additionally, accounts that upload videos and images on a regular basis will have to mark their postings as sensitive content automatically.

This way, users who identify as youngsters or adults who choose not to watch adult content will be barred from accessing it.

Musk’s acquisition of Twitter in October 2022 sent shockwaves through the social media landscape, and his subsequent actions as the platform’s owner have been nothing short of dramatic.

First, he took Twitter private, removing it from the stock market and fundamentally changing its accountability structure.

This was followed by a swift and significant reduction in staff, with over half of Twitter’s 7,500-person workforce being laid off.

This downsizing raised concerns about the platform’s ability to effectively moderate content and maintain its technical infrastructure.

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Workers installing lights on X logo mounted on former Twitter headquarters in San Francisco PHOTO/NBC

Musk also implemented a series of changes directly impacting user experience.

One of the most controversial moves was the introduction of a paid subscription service, Twitter Blue, which offered account verification, previously a free process, for a monthly fee.

This caused initial chaos as impersonators flooded the platform, forcing a temporary suspension of the program.

In a further shake-up, Musk completely rebranded Twitter as X in July 2023, ditching the iconic bluebird logo and ushering in a new era for the platform.

Additionally, he introduced daily tweet reading limits, citing a desire to encourage users to “step away from the phone” – a move that was met with skepticism by many.

These changes have been accompanied by a decline in user engagement, with reports suggesting a significant drop in daily active users both within the US and globally.

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