Graduation Date

Fall 12-13-2021

Grading Professor

Kristine Villanueva

Subject Concentration

Engagement Journalism

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


This Engagement Journalism project examines how sex workers communicate on social media after the 2018 passage of SESTA/FOSTA laws (Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act and Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act). Through building a sex worker-positive Instagram profile, I learned from sex workers how they share information with each other under the radar of Instagram. This bears relevance for journalists who seek to understand the limits of content moderation machines, which imprecisely censor vulnerable groups.

(Engagement J/Will share link later)

Screenshots of Instagram conversations that occurred in December 2021 related to my research about how sex workers communicate on Instagram.

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