Switter - Sex Work Friendly Social

   A sex work-friendly social space. -  Assembly Four, the creators of Switter

A sex work-friendly social space. - Assembly Four, the creators of Switter

Switter magically appeared into our online realm not too long ago, yet it's constantly getting high volume and new users every single day. The server has crashed a few times due to overcapacity! It's a social networking site tailored for adult entertainers and their admirers. The website seems to be growing more in popularity as well. Users very much enjoy the liberal atmosphere within the network when it comes to adult oriented content. 

Assembly Four

Assembly Four is an Australian based company that's dedicated to empowering sex workers globally with their products and services. They're known for their latest creation, Switter. The company has only been in business since early 2017. Here's their statement with the reasoning behind Switter:

 
Switter was created in response to the recent effects of FOSTA/SESTA and shadow banning of many workers’ accounts. Despite the bill only just being passed, it has already had a detrimental affect on the community with sites such as Reddit and Craigslist pulling sections related to sex workers.

We set up Switter as a sex work-friendly alternative to mainstream social media which often censored workers.

The space is open to anyone involved in the sex industry. It is an open and free community where sex workers chat to fans, release new shoots, announce tour dates and whatever else they would like to share.
— Assembly Four
  Image courtesy of  GeekZone

Image courtesy of GeekZone

Switter is hosted on a decentralized, open network called Mastodon.

Mastodon is basically a huge free social network source that hosts dozens of instances. An instance is a server such as Switter. Switter is its own entity within the whole Mastodon network. 

There's no advertising, no central authority and no data mining (emphasized because of the Facebook's data drama) on Mastodon.

Mastodon is a competitor of Twitter, FYI. 

Switter Lingo

Let me break down the terminology of some of the features from Switter for you.

  • Toot - similar to 'Tweet' in Twitter
  • Boost - similar to 'Retweet' in Twitter
  • Favorite - similar to 'Like' in Twitter
  • Local Timeline - Everyone on the Switter network within Mastodon
  • Federated Timeline - Others within the whole Mastodon network

That wasn't too confusing, right?

Switter Listings

After the demise of Backpage, Switter created listings so that users can post a listing within their area about their availability, service, contact info, etc. 

It's been seen with success so far!

Access listings here: listings.switter.at

  Listing example via  Switter

Listing example via Switter

Switter, Twitter, etc.

They both have their pros & cons, but with Twitter getting more vigorous with shadowbanning & deleting accounts, it's no wonder Switter is becoming a non-stop house party bursting with energy.

Which do you choose?

OPINION

You know, I really admire that the company behind this is not even American. Yet, they cared enough to put all this time & effort into a project dedicated to American sex workers who were (still are) on the verge of being censored by the government. Aside from being censored from the government, even before FOSTA/SESTA fiasco, those working in adult entertainment are always at high risk of getting their accounts shut down from social media platforms based on one thing only: their profession. 

If anything, it's refreshing to have a social media network welcome us with open arms.