Wattpad is not a porn website!

[This article was previously published in Italian here.]

Dear reader, here is Evgenij writing.

You know that here we often criticize some of the contents published on Wattpad. However, while this may give the superficial impression that we attack the Wattpad website itself, we do appreciate it, as it is a good creative writing website.

If anything, it is true that we criticize the fact that sometimes creativity is not valued as much as it deserves, given that a large part of the public seems to follow always the same badly written fanfiction, full of stereotypes, abusive relationships passed off as romantics, sexism and more junk. This, however, is a criticism aimed more at the use of the website than at the website itself.

Having clarified this point, I think it will be clear to you why I was speechless when I discovered some time ago that there are many, too many Wattpad profiles where pornographic images are shared or erotic chats are offered or other users are tagged to offer them links to pornographic sites disguised as Wattpad links or other equally disgusting things happen.

It all started between March and April 2019, when a certain user, NightAfter018, who was octogenarian, according to his own words, started to write a lot of terribly disgusting pornographic stories on the Italian version of Wattpad.
Despite the (alleged) venerable age of this man, Grandpa Porn, as some fellow Italian reviewers called him, certainly did not have any problems telling in detail (and ridiculously due to absurd writing errors) of rape, zoophilia and other horrors , all without even putting the “mature” rating! Which, however, let’s face it, is useless all the same!

In addition to this, such obscenities obviously violated Wattpad’s rules on pornographic content, and in fact were removed from his profile several times, since he, as perverse as hard of understanding, continued to republish them undeterred.

However, you can take my word for it if I tell you that the level of filth was far worse than that achieved by the most disgusting fanfictions that I ever reviewed, because there was a smug voyeurism in the meticulous, however ridiculously trashy and disgusting, descriptions, and because the author, despite being a man, often narrated the events from the female point of view, and did so in an aberrant way, showing for example victims of violence and rape as “angry” because the rapist did not make them enjoy.

In any case, this guy seems to have permanently left Wattpad since May 2019. It is true that he also had a profile on Facebook and one on Instagram, but it seems he is no longer active. We hope that his internet connection has been disconnected at home for the elderly.

At the time, of course, I too was moved by collective indignation, and promptly reported the works and profile of Grandpa Porn. However, I didn’t stop there. Having noticed that, despite the disgusting level of his writings, or perhaps precisely because of it, he had so many followers, I decided to take a look at the profiles of these people. And what did I see …

I obviously had to censor some of the profile pictures, because they contained breasts, male and female genital organs and sex scenes.

However, you can admire the gargantuan cringe and the colossal squalor of certain nicknames: porcellina27 (piggy27), ragazzocaldo040501 (hotboy040501), bagnata_bitch (wet_bitch), ilpiaceredelsesso (thepleasureofsex), lover-del-sadomaso (bdsm-lover)…

For heaven’s sake, nothing prevents you from choosing such ridiculous nicknames, just don’t associate them with explicit profile images.

However, on some of these accounts not only there were pornographic photos as profile pictures, but there were also published collections of similar photos and gifs.

I confess, I couldn’t believe it.

Publishing a pornographic (perhaps even violent and sexist) story on Wattpad is one thing: it is still a text, albeit atrocious and in violation of the content guidelines. It’s a completely different thing to upload photos and gifs of nudes and sexual acts!

And that no one comes to call me a moralist!

First of all, as we always say, Wattpad rules must be respected, as a matter of civility, honesty and fairness. We can certainly discuss the rules themselves, but as long as you use that webiste, you have to stick to them.

To give an example, the restriction on the minimum age for sex scenes for the characters of the stories (seventeen years) doesn’t make much sense, in my opinion: in many contexts, this limitation is not consistent, for example in the case of a story set in the Middle Ages. However, if you want to publish your story on Wattpad, you must follow this rule, although it may be considered an arbitrary limit.

Secondly, beyond the matter of rules, uploading pornography here on Wattpad is just wrong because this is not a pornographic site. Fine, there isn’t much to add.

Worse still is the case where pictures or even gifs of pornographic scenes are placed in wretched fanfictions instead of descriptions of scenes of violence or rape! In some ways, this makes it easier to report the fanfiction to Wattpad’s administration, but that’s not a good thing at all.

Wattpad is a bit like a library or a virtual bookstore, as I see it. Sure, there’s way too much bad quality stuff in the Young Adult and Romance section, but it’s not the place to go looking for photos of boobs or buttocks!

However, someone could say: – Okay, but there is a difference between creating a collection of pornographic photos (that is, taken from real pornographic sites) and uploading a series of your own nude photos. What bother you if a person likes to put his/her own intimate photos online? –

The question is very simple: Wattpad is a creative writing site, not a hangout for exhibitionists.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being an exhibitionist: if some people want to put photos and videos online where they show off his nudity, they can do it, but only on sites for exhibitionists.

Coming to Wattpad to show off your boobs makes just as much sense as going to a public library and doing a striptease: you can do it, but then you get fined. Likewise, any collection of such pictures will be removed here, and the profile deleted.

I really don’t understand the need to act like that: if some people are exhibitionists, they may act like that in front of other people who will appreciate, without annoying everyone else!

It also seems obvious to me that Wattpad will never change its rules on posting nude photos, since most users here are minors.

Unfortunately, that’s not all: I also found profiles called “SendNudes”, of horny guys who expected women to send them photos in déshabillé. This is a form of lure: considering that, I repeat, most of the users of Wattpad are minors, I would say that I don’t have to explain how obscenely wrong this is.

As if that weren’t enough, in Spring 2020 some of our readers contacted me because they were tagged on blatantly bogus account boards in posts providing links to pornographic sites.

Now, I’ve thought about all this a bit and then decided to write this brief reflection on it both to inform you of the problem and to give you some advice.

I do not want to say at all that “everything sucks”, on the contrary, but only that you have to be a bit on your guard, unfortunately. It should also be said that the administration under this point of view is very active and takes reports related to pornography and related issues very seriously.

As for my modest advice, first, don’t go looking for these profiles on purpose.

If some people post pornographic photos on a creative writing site on which also minors are active, either they are idiots or have very specific and gruesome purposes. Hence, there is no point in trying to discuss with them.

If you happen to come across one of such profiles as it happened to me, report everything to the administrators: fortunately, they are very sensitive to this kind of reports. In case you need it, you can always ask for help on the Ambassador page in your own language.

But, I repeat, don’t go looking for this stuff!

In case you happen to be tagged by a fake profile like the ones described above, you can report everything (taking the screenshots), ask the ambassadors or someone you trust for some help, or even ignore it, deleting the notification and blocking the profile in question: you don’t have to feel guilty if you prefer to have nothing to do with this crap. What you don’t have to do is reply to these messages or comments where you are tagged: it is useless, and giving visibility to certain junk is only counterproductive.

In conclusion, I would also like to reassure you: I had spent two years on Wattpad, searching for ugly fanfictions on purpose, before I came across similar sordid profiles, and it happened a bit by chance, as I told you. So, there aren’t that many in the end.

What I mean is that yes, the problem exists, but it is not an emergency at all. It’s just a matter of not looking for trouble and not opening suspicious links offered by unknown profiles. In short, the Wattpaddian version of typical parenting advice.

So long,

Evgenij

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