OnlyFans, a platform popular with and commonly associated with sex works, is banning sexually explicit content beginning October 1, 2021
OnlyFans said it will prohibit creators from posting material with sexually explicit conduct on its platform effective October this year, the company said Thursday, August 19.
The company, however, said content creators, which many sex workers use to sell fans explicit content, may still be allowed to put up nude photos and videos as long as they are consistent with the OnlyFans’ policy. They will be sharing more information in the “coming days.”
The news, first reported by Bloomberg, was confirmed by the company in a statement:
Effective 1 October, 2021, OnlyFans will prohibit the posting of any content containing sexually-explicit conduct. In order to ensure the long-term sustainability of the platform, and to continue to host an inclusive community of creators and fans, we must evolve our content guidelines. Creators will continue to be allowed to post content containing nudity as long as it is consistent with our Acceptable Use Policy.
These changes are to comply with the requests of our banking partners and payout providers.
We will be sharing more details in the coming days and we will actively support and guide our creators through this change in content guidelines.Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg
OnlyFans is a content subscription service founded in 2016. Based in London, the platform enables its content creators to earn money from users who subscribe to their content—a.k.a “the fans.” Creators can choose to receive fundings directly from their fans on a monthly basis, one-time tips, and/or pay-per-view.
While the platform has become a known space for celebrities to interact with people personally, its popularity also brought scrutiny as an influx of sex workers has joined to offer their services.
According to the company, aside from positioning itself to be a forum for musicians, fitness instructors, and chefs, the platform’s change has also been caused by mounting pressure from banking partners and payment providers.
The platform said it currently has over 130 million users and two million creators who have collectively earned $5 billion, NPR reported.