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A Few Updates on the End of the Red Light District

On Monday night we announced that we will no longer support adult networks on Ning beginning January 1st January 5th, 2009.

What Constitutes an Adult Social Network on Ning

As it relates to the Ning Platform, adult networks include, but aren’t limited to pornography and depictions of sexual acts. To clarify the point, networks that contain or are focused on the following topics would clearly fall into the adult category include:

  • Pornography or images of sexual acts
  • Nudity intended to sexually arouse the viewer
  • Graphic photos or videos
  • Fetishes

Some examples of topics and content that would NOT be classified as adult include:

  • Networks for heterosexual, gay, lesbian or transgender individuals
  • Nudist networks
  • Networks for educational, medical, or clinical purposes that contain nudity
  • Breast Feeding networks
  • Art containing some nudity
  • Travel networks that include content on nude beaches
  • Networks promoting safe sex

Things like nudity, in and of itself, are not always considered adult. That being said, we ask that non-adult networks with nudity require people to sign in to view this content. We also recognize that the actions of one member do not reflect the intentions of the entire network or the Network Creator and therefore we’re not looking to classify a network as adult based on the actions of a single member.

We’re happy to work with you via the Ning Help Center on whether your network will be affected by the changes we’re rolling out January 1 January 5, 2009. While this won’t be an exact science, we’ll do our best to give you the most accurate guidance we can.

Update on Content Exporting

For adult networks we will no longer support, you WILL have access to your network’s content. It will be preserved. You just need to let us know and we’ll work with you to export it in the most seamless way possible. We’re working through the specifics now, but we want to reassure you that your network’s content will be accessible to you before we make this transition to an adult network-free Ning Platform.

Please contact us via the Ning Help Center for more information on content preservation and export, as we’ll have the latest and greatest information there.

We know this isn’t an easy transition and sincerely appreciate your patience and flexibility. Thanks!