I wanted to have a recent elephant in the room addressed in a way that can safely be explained to everyone.
Groups are a great feature, and they help connect our communities together. While most of us acknowledge that VRChat is an open platform for users 13 and older, there have been niche adult circles for years.
Given that the Community Guidelines prohibits “Live-streaming, advertising or publicly sharing content that is sexually explicit in nature or simulates sex acts is not permitted.” AND “Pornography & nudity is not allowed.”, along with ToS addressing “c. your User Content…” (in this case, a group) “…could not be deemed by a reasonable person to be objectionable, profane, indecent, pornographic…”.
Using the old loading screen tip as a precedent:
“NSFW avatars, behavior, or content in Public worlds (Public, Friends+)”, and while understandably, this loading screen tip was made over five years ago, and VRChat as a platform has changed very much since then: Group managers need to know if this precedence is still relevant. Group managers can have their group members join by private invite only from appointed group officers, and it would be irresponsible for an adult group, or fetish group be publicly open to join.
Everything feels like an uncertain gray area. I fear that my friends may get their account into trouble by creating a group that is adult in nature, but I want to know the policy on adult groups so that users can handle them responsibly and lawfully.
TL;DR These questions should be answered:
- Are explicit adult groups allowed?
- If so, how should they be handled?
- Will I be in trouble for associating with an adult group?