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KOSA Internet Bill: Implications for NSFW Content Creators and Adult Oriented Businesses

Updated: Nov 2, 2023

Wondering why your social media accounts are being flagged, shadow banned or entirely just removed from the platform this week? Well, while our heads were all turned watching the government hearings on what our US government knows about extraterrestrials - two significant pieces of legislation have emerged - the KOSA (Kids Online Safety Act) Internet Bill and COPPA 2.0 - the latest internet bills designed to censor free speech and expression over the internet, this week.

The primary objective of both the KOSA Internet Bill and COPPA 2.0 is to combat human trafficking, protect minors, and safeguard individuals from exploitation. While these aims are commendable, this creates immense challenges for NSFW content creators and adult oriented businesses using the internet to conduct business.

The KOSA Internet Bill seeks to restrict online platforms to curb illegal activities, while COPPA 2.0 aims to enhance the protection of children's online privacy. Both policies may inadvertently hinder NSFW content creators from finding safer avenues for their work and risk overregulation of the adult entertainment industry.

Censorship and Privacy Concerns:

In response to the KOSA Internet Bill and COPPA 2.0, online platforms are likely to increase content moderation and monitoring practices to adhere to the new regulations. However, this heightened scrutiny raises concerns about privacy and freedom of expression. NSFW content creators might face content takedowns, profile censorship, and potential identification challenges, which could limit their ability to operate and connect with audiences on digital platforms.

Financial Implications:

The KOSA Internet Bill and COPPA 2.0 may also create financial challenges for NSFW content creators. Payment processors may be compelled to block transactions related to adult content or NSFW work to comply with the new laws. Additionally, COPPA 2.0 might restrict advertising and marketing practices for adult content, potentially impacting the revenue streams of NSFW content creators.

Displacement to Unregulated Spaces:

With certain online platforms restricting or banning adult content under the KOSA Internet Bill, and COPPA 2.0 enforcing stricter regulations for child-oriented online content, NSFW content creators may be forced to seek alternative and less regulated spaces. This could lead to an increase in vulnerability as they venture into riskier environments, where safety measures are lacking, and exploitation is more prevalent.

Positive Aspects:

Despite the challenges, proponents of the KOSA Internet Bill and COPPA 2.0 argue that they could bring positive changes to the NSFW content creation industry. Improved regulation might foster a safer working environment for NSFW content creators, ensuring their rights are protected, reducing exploitation, and safeguarding minors from inappropriate content. Moreover, legal changes could pave the way for better labor rights and access to essential services for those engaged in adult entertainment.

As the KOSA Internet Bill and COPPA 2.0 come into effect, NSFW content creators operating in the digital landscape face a complex set of challenges. While the policies' primary intent is to promote safety and deter exploitation, they also risk marginalizing and harming those involved in consensual adult content creation. Striking a balance between protecting human rights, addressing illegal activities, preserving online privacy, and safeguarding minors is a crucial task. Moving forward, stakeholders must engage in open dialogue with NSFW content creators to find comprehensive solutions that address the concerns of all parties involved.

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