There has been no official announcement that OnlyFans will ban sexually explicit content starting in October. The platform was not built specifically for porn but porn has grown to be its most popular and visible content on the platform. However, pressure from “banking partners and payout providers” means the company may have to leave the adult content world behind and focus solely on SFW material going forward.
OnlyFans is a subscription based platform based in London. Content creators (90% of them being sex workers) can earn money from users (fans) who subscribe to their profile. The platform allows content creators to receive funding directly from their fans on a monthly basis as well as one-time tips and the pay-per-view feature.
The media Says OnlyFans Is Getting Out Of The Pornography Business.
Starting in October, the company is said to prohibit creators from posting material with sexually explicit content on its website, which many sex workers use to sell fans explicit content. They’ll still be allowed to put up nude photos and videos, provided they’re consistent with OnlyFans’ policy, the company said Thursday.
“In order to ensure the long-term sustainability of our platform, and the continue to host an inclusive community of creators and fans, we must evolve our content guidelines,” OnlyFans told Engadget in a statement.
The company will share more details about the move in the coming days and it promised to “actively support and guide our creators through this change in content guidelines.” Enforcing the new policy will likely be difficult, though all uploads to OnlyFans are checked by human moderators, according to the company.
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Could The Popularity Of OnlyFans Be Causing This Change?
The popularity of the social-media service exploded during the pandemic as sex workers, musicians and online influencers used it to charge fans for exclusive access to photos, videos and other material. OnlyFans has attracted more than 130 million users.
That popularity also brought with it additional scrutiny, and OnlyFans is now positioning itself more as a forum for musicians, fitness instructors and chefs rather than sex workers. While many of its most-popular creators post videos of themselves engaging in sexual behavior, several mainstream celebrities like Bella Thorne, Cardi B and Tyga have also set up accounts.
Why Is This Change Supposedly Happening?
The changes are apparently needed because of mounting pressure from banking partners and payment providers, according to the company. OnlyFans is trying to raise money from outside investors at a valuation of more than $1 billion.
“In order to ensure the long-term sustainability of our platform, and continue to host an inclusive community of creators and fans, we must evolve our content guidelines,” OnlyFans said. The company is run by its founder, Tim Stokely, and owned by Leonid Radvinsky, an internet entrepreneur.
The company has been praised for giving sex workers a safer place to do their jobs. But sex work still has a stigma. The company handled more than $2 billion in sales last year and is set to generate more than double that this year.
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Porn Is A Risky Operation
Sex work has always been risky in online operations. The practical risk of hosting illegal content means platforms must exert constant vigilance for things like child sex abuse material, malicious content like revenge porn and unwanted leaks, and everyday internet threats like piracy.
At the organisational level, however, the companies who provide it may find it difficult to scale due to the fear of investors and banks, both of which tend to avoid the industry in general as a “vice,” much the way cannabis and sex toy startups have faced challenges. Pushback from financial backers and payment processors can effectively sink an entire business model.
This Policy Change Is Heresay
Could this news about OnlyFans banning explicit content just be a marketing scam to promote their new SFW app? This ad-free app launched in January, sharing over 800 videos from OnlyFans creators, like cooking tutorials, yoga routines and interviews. But this week will be the first time that OnlyFans will market the app to reach people who aren’t existing OnlyFans customers. Considering there has been no offical statement from OnlyFans about a policy change, I deem this FAKE NEWS as-well as a marketing tactic.
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The weaponisation of the banking system for political and moral reasons is troubling. If someone is doing something voluntarily that doesn’t harm anybody why is it an issue? Why is the so-called land of the free and free enterprise so worried about what people do with their own bodies? It’s bizarre and incredibly old fashioned. I think this is going to erode OnlyFans valuation and speed up the disruption to the banking industry. I think until OnlyFans comes out with an official statement on Twitter creators should relax. But also be prepared for the worst.