X is testing NSFW adult communities, according to screenshots

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X is surviving up to its name. The platform, formerly Twitter, is moving connected an summation to its Communities characteristic that would fto X users create groups for X-rated material, according to app researchers.

Researcher Daniel Buchuk of Watchful, which analyzes app improvement and performance, recovered nan characteristic done reverse engineering nan app. He shared screenshots pinch TechCrunch exclusively, which show what X’s NSFW Communities could look like.

An independent researcher, Nima Owji, besides spotted nan characteristic successful improvement past month.

Twitter introduced its Communities feature successful 2021. It allows users to station wrong smaller, interest-based subgroups, for illustration a subreddit. When Elon Musk bought Twitter past year, he enacted sweeping changes to nan app’s marque identity, verification systems and creator monetization efforts — but immoderate features, for illustration Communities, remained stagnant.

X besides hasn’t taken overmuch inaugural successful moving pinch its sizable population of online activity workers, who move to nan level — 1 of fewer that allows big contented — to beforehand their paid offerings from sites for illustration OnlyFans.

“Twitter really is nan primary advertizing venue astatine this constituent for activity workers,” Dr. Olivia Snow, a dominatrix and interrogator astatine UCLA’s Center for Critical Internet Inquiry, told TechCrunch past year. So, nan platform’s more-lenient argumentation connected big contented is captious for online activity workers to turn their businesses.

X did not reply to a petition for comment.

Adult creators are allowed to station definitive contented connected X, though they can’t monetize it connected nan platform. But if they tin create their ain instrumentality communities, this characteristic could springiness creators a much nonstop measurement to scope their audience.

Even though X seems to beryllium moving connected this NSFW Communities feature, that doesn’t mean it’ll travel to fruition. Shortly aft Musk took power of nan platform, reverse engineers uncovered imaginable features that would let creators to monetize paywalled videos aliases complaint money for DMs. These mockups looked akin to features connected OnlyFans, which could beryllium a strategy for Musk to recoup his $44 cardinal investment: monetizing “X videos.”

But arsenic it stands, X doesn’t look poised to reverse its stance connected big contented monetization. Even earlier Musk’s takeover, Twitter had been moving connected an OnlyFans competitor, but it was shelved because Twitter could not adequately observe non-consensual contented and kid intersexual exploitation (CSE). But X says it’s mitigating that dire problem. According to X CEO Linda Yaccarino, successful 2023 nan platform suspended 12.4 cardinal accounts for violating kid intersexual exploitation policies, up from 2.3 cardinal accounts removed successful 2022.