November 2019

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Porn vs. Instagram: XXX’s Battle With Big Social Media

Alana Evans and the APAG lead the charge in seeking fair treatment for porn stars on Instagram.

We’ve all heard the horror stories of social media users being booted from their favorite platforms for violating “community standards”—which sometimes appear to shift by the moment. 

Facebook recently deemed that the formerly banned cover artwork from Led Zeppelin’s 1973 album Houses of The Holy no longer went against the company’s rules, and users were once again free to link to YouTube videos that showed the “controversial” art of Aryan-looking kids climbing the stones of Ireland’s “Giant’s Causeway.” (Full disclosure: This author was banned for a week for doing this.)

Normally, a short ban isn’t the end of the world…unless you’re an adult performer grindin’ and hustlin’ and tryin’ to make a dime promoting yourself and your brand on Instagram, the social-media networking service owned by Facebook. When that’s the case, a time-out or a deletion can result in a heavy financial blow.

“Girls were getting suicidal over losing their accounts. They use their accounts the same way the Kardashians do.”

Alana Evans

So when a groundswell of complaints began to emerge from porn  models saying that they’d been penalized by Instagram for seemingly arbitrary and unjust reasons, veteran adult performer Alana Evans (pictured above) wasn’t having it. Evans, the current president of the Adult Performers Actors Guild [APAG] union, points out, “Girls were getting suicidal over losing their accounts. They use their accounts the same way the Kardashians do.” 

A message posted to the APAG’s website spells out the discrimination that the union felt Instagram has been guilty of, suggesting a double standard on the company’s part and hinting that Instagram was willing to look the other way on flesh-baring posts when it was financially beneficial to do so.  

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