Ning to Ban Porn Networks

December 3rd, 2008 at 12:00 am
 


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Social Network for social networks and social network platform Ning will be banning porn oriented social networks on their platform starting January 1, 2009.

The announcement was made on the Ning blog here and reasons for discontinuing adult/porn social networks are listed below.

We’re not discontinuing the Red Light District because we no longer believe in the freedom to create your own social network for anything as long as it’s legal. We do. Practically though, supporting adult networks no longer makes sense. Here is what we’ve seen in practice to date with respect to adult social networks on Ning:

Adult social networks don’t pull their own weight. Specifically, they require other social networks to work harder because they don’t generate enough advertising or premium service revenue to cover their costs. Plus, our ad partners aren’t big fans of the adult networks and therefore require us to identify adult networks or risk our healthy advertising revenue. We don’t want to be in the policing business and, unchecked, that’s where this is heading.

By having legal adult social networks on Ning, we’ve seen a rise in volume of illegal adult social networks. We are always going to do the right thing as it pertains to social networks that are illegal or violate our Terms of Service. That’s non-negotiable. However, the time involved in reporting and assisting the authorities on illegal adult social networks is simply too time and cost intensive for the benefits derived by having adult social networks on Ning.

Adult social networks on Ning receive a disproportionate number of DMCA take down notices creating additional work for our team. We respect intellectual property rights and comply with the DMCA. Compared to our other social networks on the Ning Platform, the additional work created by adult networks alleged to have violated the copyrights of others is enough for us to discontinue adult networks in favor of investing time and energy in growing the Ning Platform from here.

Practically, the maintenance of porn related niches for Ning is taking its toll.  However, it seems unfair that a niche can be singled out for a take down.  I’m simply looking at this in black and white and I find it appalling that a community could be banned due to prejudice.  It could happen to any other niche too that share similarities with porn.

Anyway, it’s still sad that a niche cannot exist because of it’s controversial nature.