OnlyFans is a site where celebrities and adult-film stars charge admirers for access to videos and photos. It said Thursday that it will soon ban sexually explicit content.
New York / Hong Kong (CNN Business)OnlyFans is banning sexually explicit content starting in October, the company announced Thursday.”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,” the company said in a statement, adding that the changes come after requests from “banking partners and payout providers.”It’s a massive shift for a service that has become a major space for adult content as the creator economy has exploded. Like other social platforms, OnlyFans allows its creators to either offer content for free, or else wall their live-streams, videos and messages behind paid subscriptions. Creators can also earn revenue through tips or paid messages.
Others questioned what the OnlyFans decision would mean for sex workers who depended on the platform for income.”OnlyFans would be nothing without the sex workers whose labor built it up into a major platform,” tweeted Kim Kelly, a journalist who covers labor rights. “Now it’s tossing them aside, and removing a vital source of income from a population of workers who are disproportionately marginalized and have no protections under US labor law.”