Pixiv would be increasing its levels of censorship of hentai in Japan

The hentai artist”Sekiyu Celtic (@sekiyuCeltic)” reported that the platform pixiv is sending notifications to different artists noting that “they did not censor the genitals of the characters in their illustrations enough“, as part of the requirements of a law that, to date, is considered obsolete but in force. The artist’s post indicates that the illustration he was warned about was published around eight years ago. What might have changed in the law between then and now? The artist wrote:

  • I’ve been getting emails from management asking me to delete illustrations I posted on Pixiv seven or eight years ago because they were too lax about correcting them, and each time I’d act on the requests immediately, but then they started digging up my old work from again and they finally closed my account. I can understand getting your account banned if you post uncensored illustrations in quick succession, but getting your account banned for things you posted many years ago? I don’t understand».

A wide variety of answers can be read in the original post, highlighting:

  • «This is not a matter of pixiv, but a police operation under the Penal Code, article 175. It is only a half rumor, but the notifications of the Internet Hotline, commissioned by the police, are said to have intensified and Pixiv is has been forced to respond to them. If the censorship is too fine, it can be cause for notification by the police».
  • «They told me the same thing. I was accused within this witch hunt for an illustration from more than ten years ago, and in the end I defended my account, but I decided to move my work to FANBOX and not put more works of this type on Pixiv».
  • «Pixiv is very picky about mosaics, but lax about copyright… When I sue them for copyright, they just warn me… I don’t even know if I provide proof, which is a problem for me».
  • «Pixiv is no good these days… Multiple people harassing artists with impunity while doing this…»
  • «I got suspended for exactly the same reason… I’ll try to contact the site admin».
  • «Finally Pixiv has allied itself with the old men of Congress in favor of the damn law that only favors those who fear sexuality».
  • «I would like to raise your voice and for Pixiv to start changing the way they act».
  • «This is self-serving speculation, but it seemed to imply manipulation by some forces, such as the elimination of moe in public announcements and the new adult video law».
  • «It reminds me of what happened to the erotic artists on Patreon and Tumblr. Pixiv at least has the excuse that it is the literal law that they are trying to enforce. Tumblr and Patreon removed a lot of artists who created completely legal art, simply because of third party pressure».

Font: @sekiyuCeltic on Twitter