Impact of wired world – porn

[Addendum: You’ll be disappointed. If you’re actually looking for porn you won’t find it here. This post is commentary on contemporary trends, in this case about sexting. I’ve been surprised that since I did this post it’s gotten lots of traffic which shows what searches people are doing. Unexpected consequence of slightly provocative title.]

It’s not really a surprise that sexting would evolve. The slightly risque behavior hidden behind a virtual wall is perfect, not real sex, but tease sex. Just the ticket for some vicarious thrills.

Nor is it a surprise that much of the chatter in other areas of social media ultimately ends up around sex. We’re still sexual beings living in a sexually repressive society, so guess what, sex will be a major topic in any media where people gather. It’s a good things Repubs are so out-of-it they don’t even know this kind of thing is happening or the emergency rooms would be hit with a flood of heart attack cases.

But was a bit unexpected was that the SnowWhite of social media, Instagram, has emerged as a major purveyor of porn, as this article describes in consider detail. That porn and sex would be a major theme on a site where there are lots of pictures should surprise no one, but apparently it did surprise Instagram (since of course they have a hearty no-no in their terms) and some of the other innocent users of Instagram who expected only tulips and of the as young as 13YO children who probably ferret this content out in all of 37ms.

No, here is a clear issue with social media. The businesses don’t really make any money anyway so the last thing they’re going to do is have much staff to actually go look at even a tiny fraction of the 5 million photos uploaded each day. So the nipslips or full frontals can safely be uploaded while the tiny staff is probably off pursuing really awful kiddy porn or other awful stuff. And you see, no one has been able to create a filter (since that would be hard and cost real R&D money which no startup is going to allocate from their ad budget) to detect inappropriate stuff. Is there a tech solution?, of course, but it would cost too much and require too much creativity for the drone who crank out trivial code at most social media companies.

So we’re left with 15 human cops to patrol the beat.

But here’s the funny part, which really shows Instagram is just hiding behind that lack of technology or staff. Human beings can’t find nudity in a huge mass of photos either so they need clues. Somehow a tag of “Instasex” kinda seems like a dead giveaway. Plus if users can find all the porn then why can’t those staffers be hip enough to know where it’s hidden. IOW, Instagram could find and purge this stuff. But ad clicks are ad clicks and no business is really going to discard revenue-generating content.

So, Instagram, keep telling the moms that their kids are safe and moms think up some good explanation to explain the missing letters replaced by * when your child asks you about some word they saw.

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About dmill96

old fat (but now getting trim and fit) guy, who used to create software in Silicon Valley (almost before it was called that), who used to go backpacking and bicycling and cross-country skiing and now geodashes, drives AWD in Wyoming, takes pictures, and writes long blog posts and does xizquvjyk.
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