OnlyFans bans sexually explicit content in a puzzling move

London, UK – In a move that has caught many off guard, OnlyFans seems to be turning against the very thing that brought the adult website so much success. On Thursday, it announced it will no longer allow sexually explicit content on the social platform.

OnlyFans announced the platform would be banning "sexually explicit content" starting October 1.
OnlyFans announced the platform would be banning "sexually explicit content" starting October 1.  © 123RF / mehaniq

It's well known that in today's day and age, sex sells.

Not to mention, there are many who use sex work as their main source of income, well within the confines of the law.

Now, OnlyFans is turning its back on what led to its rise, citing rising concerns by bankers.

TechCrunch reported that the company confirmed the news in a statement, saying the changes are being made "to comply with the requests of our banking partners and payout providers."

The ban on sexually explicit content will go into effect on October 1.

"Creators will continue to be allowed to post content containing nudity as long as it is consistent with our Acceptable Use Policy," OnlyFans noted.

It's currently fuzzy, then, on what counts as "sexually explicit content," as the company has yet to clarify exactly what the ban encompasses.

OnlyFans allows content creators to either provide their content for free, or to have followers pay to gain access to additional live streams and videos. It also allows users to message with the creators behind such paywalls.

Content creators can also earn money through tips from their viewers and subscribers, and some have made millions on the site.

US representative Cori Bush from Missouri tweeted about the matter on Thursday, pointing out the discrepancies in the latest move.

"Using sex workers to build your platform only to kick them off once you make it big is disgusting," she wrote. "Sex work is work."

According to the BBC, OnlyFans has over 120 million paying subscribers, and takes 20% of the profits earned by creators.

OnlyFans noted more information about the ban will become available in the coming days.

Cover photo: 123RF / mehaniq

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