This just in: Scruff just banned photos of jockstraps, underwear, bikini style swimsuits, or crotch shots.
But before you get too up in arms, you should know it’s not the app’s fault. It’s the app store distributors who apparently find gay men in sexy underwear offensive.
Last week, Scruff users began receiving a pop-up informing them: “Profile photo guidelines are changing. To comply with platform policies, photos in underwear, jockstraps or bikini style bathing suits are no longer permitted in profile photos.”
Craigslist. Backpage. Tumblr. Now even @scruffapp, a gay dating app you have to be of consenting age to use, is censoring how it's users can post photos?
— Amp (@Pup_Amp) January 24, 2019
CEO Eric Silverberg tells Out that Scruff’s new policy is to comply with the policies of app stores that host the app.
“Our change is meant to align our content standards with the evolving content standards of our app store distributors,” he says.
Grindr has also issued a similar ban.
Luckily, the policy only applies to public profile photos. So you can still share your jockstrap pics and crotch shots in private albums and chats.
Silverberg adds that the new policy is not in response to SESTA or FOSTA, laws supposedly designed to crack down on online sex trafficking but which have curiously resulted in many online queer spaces being censored. Most recently, Tumblr issued a ban on all porn. Before that, Craigslist did away with its personals pages.
“Given that Scruff is a community that speaks openly and positively about sex, bodies, and intimacy, some feel that such policies are at odds with those values,” Silverberg says.
“Such criticism is not unfounded. Scruff respects the concerns voiced by our community on this matter, and we encourage everyone to continue to hold us and all tech companies, accountable for the content and conduct standards we enforce.”