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Earlier this year, to comply with Visa and Mastercard rules, iWantEmpire (iWE) made changes that affect many content creators who sell on iWantClips (iWC). On March 14, they distributed an email notifying Artists of these changes.

The email goes on to explain other banned content, words (and words to use instead) and consequences of breaking these rules. iWC’s new censorship algorithm has hit some interesting targets without regard for context. For example:

Although ABO (meaning, alpha beta omega as referred to in Miss Freudian Slit’s tweet below) isn’t currently on iWE’s list of banned words, apparently, it is a banned word. Every time these letters appeared in succession on an iWE site, they were automatically replaced with “BANNED WORD.” This also occurred with content featuring the words “thigh highs,” “grapes,” “reinforce,” “eighteen” and “nineteen.”

Policies like this are not uncommon in the online porn world.

Earlier this year, YNOT Cam discussed payment processing issues that hold cam sites like Chaturbate to certain content rules – check out “Humans Cry, But Are Models ‘Allowed’ to Cry on Cam?” Here are Chaturbate’s terms, which prohibit performing while intoxicated, references to sex with animals or minors, blood, violence, and other things. MyFreeCams also forbids similar content.

Take some time to browse the content rules on each site you work on. You will see many of the same words and acts are against the rules across the board. Rules against beastiality, pedophilia, rape and mutilation are pretty standard. Additionally, some sites also prohibit content that includes, for example, blood in any capacity, asphyxiation, fisting, incest or references to “illegal” sex work. Pornhub has a long list of banned words for selling videos. So do ManyVids and Clips4Sale. Links to other adult sites’ content restrictions can be found at the end of this article.