One morning last May, Melody Kush discovered that someone was using her Twitter photos to catfish people into paying for a Snapchat premium account that didn’t even exist. Kush is a sex worker—an erotic model, to be precise—and for someone who does much of her work via social media, that kind of scam isn’t just an inconvenience.

It’s an existential threat to her brand. She asked the imitator to stop; they refused, and blocked her.

So she screenshotted the person’s snapcode and asked her 114,000-person Twitter following to report the account for her. The next day, her Twitter account was permanently deleted—right before she was supposed to teach a social media seminar.

“I lost all my content and my entire business,” she says. To Kush, the only possible explanation is that someone (likely the catfisher) reported her for a non-nude but suggestive photo in her header.

“I was the most vanilla person. I never pushed the limits of what was allowed,” Kush said. Read more from…

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