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Sex Biz Less Sexy Than Thought

 
 
 
 
 
 

Ning, the white-label social net company, is discontinuing its Red Light District, aka its home for "adult" social networks. It's not a moral or philosophical decision, but an economic one: "[T]hey don't generate enough advertising or premium service revenue to cover their costs." Also, other advertisers don't necessarily enjoy their company, and it's a pain to police content that often violates copyright laws.

I'd be more surprised if I hadn't written this article almost seven years ago. "Welcome to the real world of Internet porn, a market where the easy money has long since been pocketed - and where even the established players aren't enjoying work the way they once did. In addition to the typical hassles that come with running any operation, this hypercompetitive industry brings its own set of issues: unique legal problems, deadbeat customers, and even the occasional moral qualm."

As far as I know, it's the only article I've written to be reprinted in the Japanese edition of Playboy.