Social media companies like to act as a police for sexual and explicit content most of the time even though we know this has not be as effective as they make it look. Tumblr was one of those that become a hotbed for sexual and pornographic content and to that they decided to ban all forms of explicit content on the site. This had many sex educators and sexual content creators questioning the site’s motives. Since then, many of these creators left the platform for some other friendly platforms but the thing is, there aren’t many of such platforms out there.
But now it looks like a new social media network may be changing the narrative. Lips is a new social media company that allows for sexual expressions without the fear of it being removed or your account being suspended. Lips founder Annie Brown says they want to give voice to sex workers, sex educators. sex activists and adult content creators to express themselves. They however don’t want to be seen as just another pornographic website but rather a site for a mature audience seeking to learn more about sex or even express their sexual feelings. Sexual orientation does not matter as well.
Conventional social media firms ban uncensored nipple photos and Facebook has been somewhat effective on this. They clamp down on any form of nudity even as activities have called them out on what they see as hypocrisy. The hypocrisy they say is that Facebook is slow to condemn violence and other abuse acts carried out on its platform and quickly clamps down on any form of nudity. The latest is the United States Capitol riot which claimed 5 lives including that of of a Police officer. Facebook’s Instagram even bans some work by sex educators and now even TikTok is removing users with OnlyFans in their bio.
While many may find the social media a bit too explicit for their comfort, the idea is that shadow banning has become too rampant on social media and that it may be time for a new experience for a new kind of users.
From what we can see right now, the site is dominated by the LGBTQ community and it’s not clear how many people are active users of the site at this time. But an overwhelming majority of their users are based in the United States.
You must be 17 years and older to access Lips according to a message on their landing page.