OnlyFans reverses adult content ban after massive backlash


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OnlyFans has announced that it will “suspend” a ban on sexually explicit content on the platform, following widespread outrage from its users.

The content subscription service announced shock plans last week to block sexually explicit photos and videos from October 1.

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However on Wednesday, the company tweeted it had “suspended the planned 1 October policy change”.

It’s currently unclear if the announced delay will be permanent.

OnlyFans explained the company would “continue to provide a home for all creators”.

“Thank you to everyone for making your voices heard,” the company tweeted.

“We have secured assurances necessary to support our diverse creator community and have suspended the planned 1 October policy change.

“OnlyFans stands for inclusion and we will continue to provide a home for all creators.”

Writing to content creators, it said “the proposed 1 October 2021 changes are no longer required.”

“[This is] due to banking partners’ assurances that OnlyFans can support all genres of creators,” the email read.

“OnlyFans is committed to providing a safe and dependable platform for all creators and their fans.”

Company’s CEO blasts ‘unfair actions’ of banks

It came after OnlyFans’ chief executive Tim Stokely explained the company was battling “increasingly unfair actions” of banks.

He told the Financial Times the company’s accounts had been terminated. As a result it had struggled to transfer payments to adult content creators on the platform.

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He said that he personally would “absolutely” support sex workers’ continued use of the platform.

“The change in policy, we had no choice. The short answer is banks,” Stokely said.

“We pay over one million creators over $300m every month. Making sure that these funds get to creators involves using the banking sector.”

Online platforms boom during COVID-19 lockdowns

OnlyFans’ bombshell announcement of the porn ban caused widespread outrage from sex workers.

Many have relied on the site for a living throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the first half of last year, the platform reported a 75% increase in new creators as COVID-19 lockdowns occurred worldwide.

OnlyFans makes money by taking 20% of all payments made to its content creators.

The company enjoyed a net revenue of US$1.2 billion in 2021, up from US$375 million in 2020.

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