Switter, one of the last online spaces friendly to sex workers, was just banned by its network

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Around 3PM ET on April 17th, Switter — a social media space for sex workers — went offline. Its disappearance, however temporary, indicated the FOSTA-driven loss of yet another haven for sex workers, this time in the form of content distribution network Cloudflare. According to Switter founder Assembly Four, the company received an email from Cloudflare’s legal department indicating that it would be terminating its service due to terms of service violations.

Historically, Cloudflare has been careful about what it bans from its platform. Its most high-profile ban was notorious neo-Nazi site the Daily Stormer; at the time, Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince told The Verge that “this was my decision, I don’t think it’s Cloudflare’s policy and I…

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