Faced with the new potential for litigation, many websites are removing any content or avenues that could possibly violate FOSTA.
Since its launch last month, Switter has grown to become the sixth largest instance, according to Mastodon Network Monitoring.
With the news that President Trump has signed the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), their options will continue to dwindle — and with it, the ability for many sex workers to pay their bills, let alone do so safely.
Over the past few weeks, sex workers have been turning to an unexpected platform to remain online: the social network Mastodon, under a new instance called “Switter.” Melbourne-based company Assembly Four created Switter after its founders learned that social media platforms were either removing sex workers’ content or banning their accounts.
“Sex work is how I pay my rent, how I pay my bills, how I feed myself and my pets.” Although she says she’s able to stay afloat for now, she has concerns about the long-term sustainability of her profession if she’s kept offline.
Buffy learned about Switter through a group chat that acts as a safe space for providers in her area to talk.