Ello now lets you toggle NSFW content on and off

Ello gets kinky, or doesn't.

 

Taylor Hatmaker

Tech

Published Oct 31, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 7:18 am CDT

Early on, Ello promised that, unlike Facebook, it wouldn’t be totally hostile to adult content. Making good on its promise in a way sure to please few, Ello has introduced an actually quite reasonable solution. If you’re an account that regularly posts sexy stuff, Ello invites you to identify yourself as NSFW before you get reported. Meanwhile, all the squares out there can toggle content identified as NSFW on or off via the settings menu.

In a post on his Ello profile, founder Paul Budnitz explains how Ello will balance the needs of its theoretically alternative community—after all, sex-positive radical faeries were some of its early members—and your average Facebook burnout. Ello’s NSFW content is opt-in, so if you want to see the good stuff, you’ll need to hop into your settings page and turn the sexy on.

Good move: Instead of censoring #Ello adds #nsfw settiings to give users a choice. :: pic.twitter.com/m0UtDgWOEK

— Thomas Raukamp (@thomasraukamp) October 31, 2014

Ello = over. (Everyone go mark your account as NSFW.) pic.twitter.com/c1llocgLDF

— guan (@guan) October 30, 2014

just deleted my #ello account. call me back if (a) it gets interesting & (b) they stop asking posters to guess what readers will find NSFW.

— David Moles (@chronodm) October 31, 2014

Another interesting excerpt from Ello’s full policy on NSFW content, which was drafted before the NSFW toggle went into effect:

“Please don’t post only sexually explicit material and content. There are plenty of other websites where you can share your sexually explicit material, and while we do not prohibit it, we also don’t want to become a showcase for only that type of content.”

Ello wants to strike a balance between censorship and a total free-for-all, and its first stab at figuring that out doesn’t seem like a bad one, even if it’s ripped a page out of Tumblr’s policy book. The social network still seems to be pleading with its users to just be cool, which actually might work for a while assuming its community remains small.

Image via Ello

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*First Published: Oct 31, 2014, 3:07 pm CDT