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CYBERSPACE — Targeted online advertising by the Hump! Film Festival has been kneecapped by FOSTA/SESTA, according to festival founder Dan Savage.

Savage, a noted sexpert and activist, founded the festival as a platform for self-expression. But the after-effects of the passage of FOSTA/SESTA have left festival organizers unable to advertise their event on Facebook and Instagram.

“Hump is in its 14th year, and has only gone from strength to strength, celebrating sex-positivity for all bodies, gender expressions and identities,” writes tech blog BoingBoing.

“However, Hump is largely dependent on targeted Facebook ads for ticket sales, and thanks to Facebook’s overreaction to the admittedly terrible SESTA/FOSTA law passed by the U.S. Congress in 2018, it will not accept ads for the festival any longer, despite the fact that the ads themselves are G-rated and are only targeted at adults.”

Savage used last week’s episode of his “Savage Lovecast” podcast to lay out the problem in greater detail.