Are you frustrated about how social media giants often censor crucial sexual health advocacy?
Do you have a story to tell about how you were censored?
In June 2014, Lucky Bloke launched the #Tweet4Condoms campaign to call on Twitter to stop their stigmatizing policies that prevent companies and nonprofits that promote sexual health from advertising, specifically around condom advertisements. And as people kept tweeting & media outlets reported on the censorship — we heard more & more stories about how tech giants are censoring crucial sexual health advocacy.
In January 2015, Twitter finally changed their policy and moved condoms & lube from the “adult or sexual products” category into the “health and pharmaceutical products and services policy.”
Together we did it. Together we showed Twitter that censorship hinders our ability to do crucial social justice advocacy. But the fight is far from over. We must continue to make sure that advocates — like you can me — can use the power of social media to uplift positive messages about sex and sexuality.
We will not accept censorship of crucial sexual health messages that saves lives.
Here’s what you can do:
- Sign up for action alerts by clicking here.
- Tweet at tech giants to say why this issue matters.
- If you’re at YTH Live, join Milla Impola and Melissa White for a workshop about how to create social justice campaigns using strategic communications. It’s called “How to Leverage Media as a Powerful Tool for Social Justice Advocacy” on Monday at 3 p.m.
Learn more by reading media coverage of the #Tweet4Condoms:
- “Twitter Changes Sexual Health Ad Policy, Reinstates Condom Retailer’s Account,” RH Reality Check, March 10.
- “When Social-Media Companies Censor Sex Education,” The Atlantic, March 4.
- “Twitter Faces Renewed Criticism for Condom Ad Policies,” Rh Reality Check, August 22.
- “Is Twitter’s Condom Policy Too Tight?” Washingtonian, August 18.
- “The Much Maligned Condom: Why We Can’t Be Surprised Use Is Down Among Teens,” RH Reality Check, June 30.
- “Twitter Hates Condom Ads, Leading To #Tweet4Condoms Campaign,” Social News Daily, June 14.
- “Condom Companies: Twitter Is Censoring Us,” Mother Jones, June 13.
- “12 Ways You Know There’s A Huge (Magnum) Conspiracy Against Condoms,” BuzzFeed, June 12.
- “Speak Out Against Twitter’s Censorship of Sexual Health Info,” Be A Sex Educator, June 11.
- “Petition to Stop Twitter from Censoring Ads about Safer Sex,” The STD Project, June 5.
- “Controversy of the Day – #Tweet4Condoms,” Go Kicker, June 5.
- “Let’s Change Twitter’s Anti-Condom Stance #Tweet4Condoms,” Manpacks, June 4.
- “More Companies Speak Out About Twitter Censoring Condom, Sexual Health Info in Ads,” RH Reality Check, June 5.
- “Does Twitter Have a Problem With Condoms?” Jezebel, June 4.
- “Twitter Banned My Company From Promoting Safe Condom Use,” RH Reality Check, June 4.
- “Twitter Is Being Pressured To Stop Censoring Ads About Condoms,” ThinkProgress, June 4.
- “Twitter Bans Company From Advertising Condoms, Citing ‘Adult or Sexual Products’ Policy (Updated),” RH Reality Check, June 4.
Together we can help end the censorship around crucial sexual health advocacy.
Join us! It’s simple.
Sign up here: http://safersex.education/contact/