OnlyFans has reversed its decision to ban sexually explicit material

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Photo credit: Maskot - Getty Images
Photo credit: Maskot - Getty Images

OnlyFans, a subscription-based website known for its pornographic content, has announced it will no longer be banning all sexual explicit material from 1 October 2021. In a newly posted tweet, the platform acknowledge the backlash that ensued following the announcement of the plans that would put an end to an income for thousands of sex workers.

"Thank you to everyone for making your voices heard," the statement reads. "We have secured assurances necessary to support our diverse creator community and have suspended the planned October 1 policy change. OnlyFans stands for inclusion and we will continue to provide a home for all creators."

Previously, in a statement emailed to The Verge, OnlyFans said they were planning to ban explicit content to "ensure the long-term sustainability of our platform, and to continue to host an inclusive community of creators and fans, we must evolve our content guidelines".

The email added that, "Creators will continue to be allowed to post content containing nudity as long as it is consistent with our Acceptable Use Policy," and identified that the proposed changes were in order to "comply with the requests of our banking partners and payout providers."

Shortly after the news broke, Lydia Caradonna, a sex worker and journalist, pointed out that many sex workers saw this move coming, tweeting, "Not to be constantly right, but we KNEW that this OnlyFans apocalypse was coming. This is history repeating itself. The platform was not intended to be explicitly sexual - the creators were simply happy to let sex workers do all the work of making it relevant."

"Our labour, our work, our community, are responsible for the success of OnlyFans - as we were responsible for the rise of basically every payment processing platform since the internet began. We are being removed from OnlyFans as we were removed from PayPal. This isn’t new."

The announcement that OnlyFans would be banning sexually explicit content came shortly after a BBC investigation examined how the site handles illegal sex videos, which found that OnlyFans moderators were able to give accounts that were posting illegal content multiple warnings, before deciding to close them.

The children's rights campaigner Baroness Kidron criticised this approach as being too lenient, saying, "If its illegal content, there should be zero tolerance. "

OnlyFans estimates it has a community of 130 million users, and "over 2 million creators that have earned over $5 billion" on the platform. Last year, the site generated $2 billion in annual sales, of which it took a 20 percent cut.

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