OnlyFans will allow pornography on its website after all
reversing a planned ban.
OnlyFans has decided to lift a planned restriction on pornography and other sexually explicit content.
In response to concerns from banks and other financial services companies that enable transactions on the subscription service, the London-based company said just days earlier that it will prohibit sexually explicit material beginning in October.
The companies were not named.
OnlyFans, on the other hand, claimed on Wednesday that it would be able to continue to enable explicit content, which is a big part of its business.
The firm stated Wednesday morning, “We have acquired assurances essential to maintain our diverse creator community and have halted the scheduled October 1 policy change.”
“OnlyFans is about inclusivity, and we’ll keep providing a space for all authors.”
OnlyFans content creators, some of whom lost their jobs during the outbreak and now make money through the site, pushed for the change.
Morgan Music, a single mother from Washington state who makes a living selling graphic images and videos on OnlyFans, told NPR that the money she makes on the site has helped her cope with her anxiety.
“It’s difficult to communicate how significant it is to a person’s quality of life,” Music added.
“I think it’s hard to really communicate how much that means to a person’s quality of life to have that
lifted because I have, like, savings account for the first time in my life and have a solid credit score for the
first time in my life.
“OnlyFans had previously stated that without sex workers, the firm would “not be what it is now,” and
that the policy change was “essential to obtain banking and payment services to support you.”
“The projected October 1, 2021 adjustments are no longer required due to banking partners’ assurances that OnlyFans can accommodate all genres of creators,” a spokesman for OnlyFans told TechCrunch in an email.
OnlyFans previously stated that the policy modification was necessary in order to comply with requirements from its “banking partners and payout providers.”
OnlyFans was able to settle the issue after making public about it, citing the pressure it received from
these parties as the reason for its decision to no longer allow sexually explicit content on its site.
It’s worth noting that OnlyFans’ official announcement claims the decision has been “suspended,”
implying that the policy hasn’t been completely cancelled.
OnlyFans highlighted that “an official communication to creators will be emailed shortly” in a follow-up
tweet to the original announcement.
The move to exclude sexually explicit content has angered sex workers who relied on the platform to make a living.
Some creators had already cancelled their OnlyFans accounts and relocated to other platforms in protest
of the expected policy change.
With the current reversal, authors will have to choose whether to return to the platform or abandon it
entirely in favour of a competing service.
OnlyFans claims to have over 130 million registered members and over 2 million artists since its inception
in 2016. Bella Thorne, Cardi B, and Bhad Bhabie were among the celebrities who visited the platform.