I have a nudist Twitter page. It has become popular with fellow nudist: 11,100 followers. It is an upbeat, family friendly page that promotes social nudity. In good faith, and mindful of Twitter’s policy guidelines, I have invested a lot of time meeting new people and having fun. Twitter, out of the blue, has suspended it. No warning, no notification, no explanation. I have no idea what I did to get suspended and it’s a little frightening.

Along with hundreds of nudists, I also follow news outlets and political commentators, both conservative and liberal. I love hearing all points-of-view and enjoy keeping up with what’s going on in the world as I exchange thoughts with fellow nudists. I largely keep my political opinions to myself to avoid offending those who might disagree. The site is by far mostly for nudists.

I have contacted Twitter by email to see if I can get an explanation and hopefully get offered a way to restore the site. If successful, I don’t know if my followers or the ones I follow will be restored. If not it will be like starting over. I may instead simply close the account and warn nudists to be careful on this website. I’m glad Twitter is not the government or I might have gotten a knock on the door and taken away in the middle of the night.

10 thoughts on “Censorship”

  1. It is unfortunately obvious at the major social media sites that nudity is one of the worst threats to humanity! 😠 Photos of war crimes, accidents, people hurting each other etc that’s acceptable, but photos showing the natural body….”gosh how (I don’t agree to that, better be clear with that)

    I was monitoring some decent naturist groups, secret groups, at Facebook some years, before their new nuditynervous policy was issued. That change caused in fact severe problems. Especially since it’s hopeless to communicate with anyone responsible for the site, it seems there is no actual physical person anywhere, only automatical answers were given. It was non-communication. Ironical at the site aimed at communication!

    So it’s a relief that sites like naktiv is available for decent social communication for naturists!

    • Quite so, Andrew. I’d like to add here that it’s crucial that people invite interested people to the Naktiv site, so that we can continue to interact on our chosen lifestyle, sharing experiences and blog posts and the like. Otherwise people just go to mainstream social networks where corporate censorship *inevitably* raises it’s puritan head. This has happened on so many sites that it’s a wonder naturists don’t learn to use and to *promote* the very sites which are *dedicated* to the lifestyle. Like the Naktiv site. Please share!

  2. Between us friends and I have recently lost or had various accounts suspended on Flickr, Vimeo, Twitter or Facebook that were nudist-themed, all of which followed the appropriate guidelines. Most had been opened several years ago so its not as if they were new ones and only recently discovered to focus on nudism. We don’t believe it is a coincidence that we have lost or can’t access them within the space of a couple of months.

    The internet is a global thing, most sites that either feature social networking or focus on it aim to gain users around the world, drawing in people from the many different cultures. This brings what to us here is an accepted activity, being naturally naked, into situations where we are regarded as perverts/weirdoes etc etc. The big social media companies would probably have the millions of new users from more conservative cultures, than the many millions of people who enjoy nudity.

    Its extremely sad if what does appear to be a drive to reduce if not eradicate non-sexual naked people from their sites turns out to be the case. But at least here on Naktiv “..being naked online is OK.”

  3. Happened to me too, Martin. Permanently suspended one of my Twitter accounts. It’s hard to know if you’re being reported by rabid moral fanatics or “fellow” naturists who are on a personal vendetta. There is no feedback, no recourse to appeal. Nothing. Social media becomes an empty vacuum.

    It’s good we have the Naktiv site to fall back on!

  4. Please forgive me for asking what is probably an obvious question…..

    Did you have your deleted Twitter account set to “sensitive material” (or whatever nonsensical word they use to describe content involving naked humans)? Personally, I believe that non-sexual nudity is appropriate for all audiences, but we know that’s not the reality of how society and its media outlets operate. In many cases, viewers flag nude images that show up within their “safe” search mode when the people posting neglect to flag their own content. I am guessing that you’re more savvy than that, but just couldn’t help wondering.

  5. Nudity is becoming more and more censored publicly unless you take part in an organized parade or protest that expresses the freedom of speech / your body – which will limit the rest of us to nudist camps, home nudist, and sharing our photos with our friends.

  6. Instead of embracing the vast variety of peoples beliefs and lifestyles social media outlets are increasingly becoming a censorial policeforce and this is to the detriment of the development of societies that are non-judgemental and tolerant of the rights of the individual to engage in their prefered lifestyle. Shame then on Twitter for being judge and jury without prior notice to you of any ‘breach’ of its rules. Hope you get a response and restoration of your page.

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