The newly added criteria stipulate “prohibited works” and “works that require revision.” Prohibited works include, real imagery that go against social standards and highly realistic imagery that go against social standards. This section also includes works that go against social standards where all concern that a real victim is present cannot be dispelled.
Specific examples given for what is considered going against social standards includes, sexual exploitation of a minor, incest, bestiality, rape (or any other non-consensual sexual behavior), non-consensual mutilation of a person or body part, and depictions they deem as inappropriate.
The target of these standards are works that are involved in transactions and content meant to encourage transactions on an account (profile pictures, icons, banner images, and more). In the case that a violation is verified, not only can the work be deleted or permanently set to private, but the offending user’s account can also be banned or restricted on what payment methods it can utilize.
Works that require revision include content that pixiv has deemed needing of changes after examining them in combination with the product itself and ancillary data such as titles, tags, posted text, and text relating to work. Relevant works will temporarily be made private with users receiving a request to make changes. pixiv says that in the case where someone does what they consider malicious, such as uploading large amounts of content that clearly require changes or repeatedly ignoring change requests, they will be handled in the same manner as prohibited works.
For the time being, it doesn’t sound like creators will have their creative freedom severely limited like they were worried it might be. However, if you’re an illustrator or produce creative works, it’s probably best to confirm what pixiv’s policies are for yourself just in case.
Translated by. Nick Mosier based on Len Aoi’s original Japanese article