My Twitter is currently locked

I keep getting thrown in “jail”. There are different types of Twit jails, from brief detainment to solitary confinement.

I’m in the step below prison, I think.

People can see my tweets and some people can follow, but I’m missing from search results, and likely also when searching tags. What this means is that I get really poor engagement with my content and the teeny tiny-ist trickle of new followers…which is fewer than the number I end up losing in this type of jail. In other words: I never get anywhere. I’m always going to be at a net loss.

I was in this same place from March of 2020 to March of 2021. I would sometimes get a few followers but then would lose twice as much, in the same 24-or-so-hour period. The end result over the course of the year was my losing hundreds of followers I had worked to get.

But, Mistress, aren’t they just unfollowing you, as people do? Some probably are, but my experience, which I have personally verified has happened to others, and I’ve read others write about happening to them, is that it seems Twit forces people to “unfollow” you. They just somehow, for some reason, disconnect you from people in your network. Maybe you have seen a Domme mention her confusion or astonishment that she KNOWS she was following these other Dommes but now she’s not?? It’s a thing that happens and we don’t absolutely know why. Maybe, at best, this is just how the algorithm is programmed to reduce the reach of “spammers” and “bots” based on those accounts engaging in the same “red flag” behaviors; or, at worst, maybe it’s a deliberate attempt to break up social networks they don’t like as part of a censorship campaign. It would certainly be plausible for us adult workers/providers/entertainers/content creators so often under fire, especially in this post-FOSTA/SESTA world.

Why are followers important, Mistress? Ultimately, in the grand scheme of things, they are not. But with anyone who is trying to grow their livelihood, being censored because someone doesn’t like you for some reason, like because you talk about icky ICKY SEX and OMGSUPERGROSS KINKY SEX, is obviously not conducive to that. And if I’m going to be censored and not allowed to grow why the fuck am I creating content for the platform? Especially when I’m not getting paid for it? I’d rather spend the time on my blog. At least I know that there I can’t possibly randomly get “suspended” as so many Dommes and other adult workers have had happen to them.

So, in an effort to see if I can get myself out, I spent some time “cleaning” up a few things that I’ve read can hurt you, like flagged content, which seems to be happening to me more often these days. I even had the tweets of my mentioning I’m in jail and asking for help be flagged as “sensitive content”, which means they won’t show up on some people’s feed. That’s right: your discussion of censorship will be censored.

I’ve also read that hashtags and links, and using the same ones repeatedly and often, can get you shoved into their algorithm.

I’ve also considered that someone who is a miserable prick is just reporting my tweets for fun/spite and that is also getting me pulled in automatically. The lock might help that.

I’m going to wait and observe my account over the next several days. I’m hoping these actions might pull me out. If not, I’m going to contact Twit and see if they can manually fix the problem. I’m really losing patience at this point.

I will unlock it at some point in the future.

If you are not following me and wish to follow you can send a request. If your account is locked I will decline.

Another One Bites The Dust

On January 28th, I received an email from a popular payment vehicle stating that I had been flagged as a “prohibited use case”. I was told that I should look elsewhere for a payment provider and that any payments sent to or from my email would be automatically cancelled. It closed with, “Thank you for your understanding.”

The email was brief and offered no explanation as to how they identified me as in violation of their terms. And, as I came to see the next day, it was received by many other people who also worked in the adult industry, and who also didn’t get an explanation. I emailed the company to ask, but have yet to receive a reply. Having been banned by another popular payment app, who also did not provide any reason, nor a response to how I had violated their terms, I don’t expect to ever receive one.

Was I frustrated? Of course. Surprised? Nope. When it comes to ways that those of us in adult work send or receive money (gifts or otherwise), we are used to the ways in which we are initially welcomed but later banned.

In the case of this site, I didn’t even know this until I did some research and found this:

This is a pattern, actually.

People in the adult industry are a great way to get your business off the ground. Gain a following. Make some money. I mean, sex work is a multi-billion dollar industry. Sex sells, right? Get us on there posting sexy photos and videos and writing and you’re guaranteed to attract users.

We have been included in popular platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram, and in many ways sexy content has been the driving force of these interfaces, or a regular part of it, at least. However, once the company seems to achieve its user goals or generates some impressive revenue growth reports or something, we’re booted off, or heavily censored. (Twitter is one we’re all just waiting to see if we’ll be booted from. We’ve already experienced censorship in the form of “shadowbanning” and recent concerns that Twitter may be engineering a way to soft ban adult content through tweet reporting.)

So, here we are. Again. Banned from another platform. This time one it’s one we use for sending money.

But why can’t we use a regular credit card processor, or something like PayPal or Cash or Google Pay, like other businesses do? Because most of them, and their affiliates, won’t do business with us. Even if the work we’re doing is legal, we’re considered too “high risk”. Whether that’s true or whether it’s an issue of pearl-clutching, the result has been the same: denial of service.

Why not lie about what we’re being paid for? Some people do. But it often comes with a great risk. If discovered, you could potentially be prosecuted for money laundering. (Would you want to take the risk of a felony charge, hefty fine, and possible prison time? For accepting a $300 payment?) In some cases, they have not only shut down the accounts of adult workers, but confiscated their money. So, we routinely have to find ways to work around a continually changing landscape of barriers.

This payment site was one quick and easy way for us to send and receive cash. But no more. It’s now become the latest site who seemed to use us to meet their goals…before suddenly banning us without warning.

Of course, FOSTA/SESTA could be a factor in this decision. Sites don’t want to be accused of “facilitating (sex) trafficking”, which is somehow considered the same thing as consensual commercial sex, so they naturally drop us like a hot potato. If this is the reason, then why did they wait almost 2 years after it having been signed into law to cut the rug out from under us?

Regardless of the reason, we now have to scramble to find solutions. As we do this, be prepared for:

  • being asked to send gifts to us in a different way
  • changes in how you may be vetted
  • being asked to send payment for goods or services in a different way
  • increases in prices

Why changes in vetting? Some providers use payments as a vetting method. If that provider is no longer able to accept a payment in a way that works with her safety model, she may need to change how she vets you.

Why an increase in price? Most sites that specifically cater to the adult industry take a larger and significant portion of the payments than other sites geared toward the general public. This is because of the “high risk” I mentioned. One of these high risks is because we’re supposedly more likely to have chargebacks.

Here’s an example: a guy gets horny, buys a porn clip, jacks off to it, and then decides he’s going to be a prick and ask for his money back. Depending on the policies and resources of the site he bought the clip from, the policies of the card he used to purchase it, and the reasons he gave for asking for a refund, this is an added expense for processors to deal with and it contributes to the obstacles we face when doing this work. Guess who assumes the economic burden of fraudsters and thieves? Not the people committing the actual crimes, but those of us providing the goods.

So, in order to maintain necessary income levels, please don’t be alarmed if you notice some of us raising our tributes as we figure how run our businesses in a way that is friendly to modern-day needs of convenience and immediacy within a culture that is hostile to adult entertainers.

When these changes occur they not only require adjustments on our part but yours as well. When we lose access to safety and convenience, you lose access to it, too. Know that you may need to work with us and adhere to new ways that ensure that safety. Understand that some of us may not be able to receive payment as quickly as before which may result in delays from the time you send payment to the time we provide a good or service. Accept that you may need to plan ahead more often. And, please, don’t blame us for it.

(Don’t like this? Tell your lawmakers to Decriminalize Sex Work.)

[Image © Paul Campbell, 147222511]

Interview about SESTA with Swedish Radio

I was interviewed by Olivia Wikström from Swedish Radio about SESTA.

The clip is here: Mistress Tissa on Swedish Radio

Here’s the translation of the text on the site (not the full transcript):

The new US law SESTA punishes sites if someone is exposed to trafficking there. But many sex workers believe the law will fail.

SESTA, the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, is a new law in the United States that wants to deal with online trafficking by making the sites themselves responsible for their presence. So now people behind sites can be punished with large fines or imprisonment if it is discovered.

This raises concern with sex workers, partly because it can limit what we can say about sex online, because no one will dare let it be there. In part, they mean that the law forces an exposed group in an even more vulnerable situation.

Removing these platforms will increase the proportion of people taking risky decisions about their jobs.

Mistress Tissa, dominatrix

With the help of the network, those who work with sex and eroticism can volunteer do more research on their clients and not expose themselves to the same risk as walking the streets.”



Interview with Coalition Radio

On Friday the 16th, I was interviewed by Pat of Coalition Radio. In the interview, I discuss the SESTA bill. I touch on various related issues, but focus on what I believe are the psychosocial origins of the legislation.

You can listen here:

(This is an hour-long interview. Those who have attention issues [raises hand] may find it more palatable to listen to it in smaller chunks.)