How the Porn Industry Changed During Coronavirus, With Performers Wary of Bitcoin

How the Porn Industry Changed During Coronavirus, With Performers Wary of Bitcoin

Credit: Allie Awesome

In this audio interview, CoinDesk’s Leigh Cuen and adult content creator  talk about payments and money in the sex industry, especially the trends impacted by the coronavirus crisis.

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From how porn performers and entrepreneurs deal with Bitcoin Twitter to the ways the pandemic changed our digital sex lives, Cuen and Allie explore what actually drives demand for censorship-resistant systems.

The biggest problem? Allie and other performers and sex workers basically have their digital advertising and distribution platforms controlled by third parties that aren’t responsible to the workers.

For example, OnlyFans briefly earlier this year. Although she regained access, her distribution conduits remain at the mercy of tech platforms. This is where peer-to-peer transactions come in. Allie said she knows how to use a cryptocurrency wallet and would gladly do so if more customers wanted to pay her directly. The fact is, those customers are few and far between.

“To those people who want to come up with a solution, my first question is: Well, are you paying for porn?” she said. “I think a lot of people want to make money off of ‘adult’, but they aren’t really willing to invest in ‘adult.’”

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