Who bans me

This is a long overdue post but better late than never, hey?

Some of us had been having a conversation about the restrictions some internet based companies put on escorts using their websites or services. It doesn’t bother me too much, they are free to choose who and what they want to allow on their turf (although their assumptions about escort/adult services are another matter!) but some of you were surprised or found it interesting so I thought I would put together a little list of internet real estate big names from which I am banned.

Paypal You may not use the PayPal service for activities that: relate to sales of… certain sexually oriented materials or services

Google ads Google AdWords doesn’t allow the promotion of escort services, prostitution, or other adult sexual services.

LinkedIn Don’t undertake the following: Upload, post, email, InMail, transmit or otherwise make available or initiate any content that: Even if it is legal where you are located, create profiles or provide content that promotes escort services or prostitution.

Squarespace (to be fair to them it’s not just ho’s they don’t like sex at all) You will not publish Content, or links to Content, that is: Pornographic, sexually explicit, or violent.

Pinterest You aren’t allowed to post anything that: Is sexually explicit or pornographic, exploits or presents minors in a sexual way, or promotes adult sexual services

CCBill CCBill will not process for websites selling escort services or in which fees for services are displayed.

Also website and email hosting is a nightmare, this is just off the top of my head a couple of the many that I came across

Bluehost No Subscriber may utilize the Services to provide, sell or offer to sell the following: pornography, nudity, sexual products, programs or services; escort services or other content deemed adult related.

Weebly These types of sites are not allowed on Weebly: Adult:  involving nudity in a sexual context, exposed genitalia or adult themes… Illegal Content:  content which may be illegal in the United States (this illegal in the US clause is really common)

And then you get wishy washy clauses such as in MelbourneIT’s terms Other Activities – Engaging in activities, whether lawful or unlawful, that Melbourne IT or its Supplier respectively, may determine to be harmful to the subscribers, operations, reputation, goodwill, or customer relations of either Melbourne IT or its Supplier. It would only take one complaint and I’d be looking for a new host under this policy I suspect.

And if you are a porn star or reside in the US the ability to get a merchant bank account, any bank account, or any online service at the same price as the rest of us is nigh on impossible.