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Only fans blocking porn explicit content, onlyfans bans sexually in October

OnlyFans has decided to prohibit adult content in response to pressure from payment processors.

The subscription-based website previously associated with pornography will now feature more mainstream content.

OnlyFans, the subscriber-only website synonymous with pornography, announced today that it will remove adult content from the site in response to pressure from its payment processors.

While the company will continue to allow some posts containing nudity, it will prohibit "any content containing sexually explicit conduct," with the site focusing instead on more mainstream content.

During the lockdown, the London-based outlet exploded in popularity, generating billions of pounds in revenue as more than 130 million users subscribed to content or paid to chat with "creators." Although OnlyFans maintains that it employs a diverse range of individuals to create content for the site, from chefs to yoga instructors, pornography is by far the most popular type of content on the site.

Although OnlyFans claims to have a diverse range of contributors, from chefs to yoga instructors, pornography is by far the most popular type of content on the site.
Although OnlyFans claims to have a diverse range of contributors, from chefs to yoga instructors, pornography is by far the most popular type of content on the site.

OnlyFans stated that the ban, which will take effect in October, was implemented in response to pressure from banks and payment processors concerned about the content it hosts. Rather than losing the ability to accept payments, which would effectively end the business, OnlyFans has chosen to prohibit the adult content that gave the site its name.

“To ensure the platform's long-term viability and to continue hosting an inclusive community of creators and fans, we must evolve our content guidelines,” the site's spokesperson stated.

Payment processing companies increasingly exert control over the content that material pornography websites can host. Visa and MasterCard temporarily suspended payments to websites owned by online pornography behemoth MindGeek in December, following reports that the company was hosting “vengeance porn” uploaded without the consent of those involved. The financial firms reversed course only after MindGeek removed tens of millions of unverified videos from its sites, including PornHub.

OnlyFans has enabled tens of thousands of sex workers to earn substantial incomes in exchange for a 20% cut of their earnings, with many creators claiming financial independence as a result. Axios obtained internal figures indicating that approximately 16,000 creators earn at least $50,000 (£36,000) per year from the site.

It has, however, come under increasing political and regulatory scrutiny for its inability to remove illegal and exploitative content. Earlier this month, over a hundred US congressmen and women demanded that the Department of Justice conduct an investigation into OnlyFans, citing the site's alleged presence of underage material.

These issues have scared away potential investors and pushed the company toward a more mainstream business model akin to that of other crowdfunding sites such as Patreon, while removing the sex workers who grew the company's audience.

“We will share additional details in the coming days, and we will actively support and guide our creators as they navigate this change in content guidelines,” an OnlyFans spokesperson said.

OnlyFans continues to uphold the highest standards of safety and content moderation of any social platform. Before creators can upload content to OnlyFans, they must be verified, and all uploaded content is reviewed by automated systems and human moderators.”

While the audience for online pornography continues to grow, mainstream internet companies have shifted their focus away from adult content. Tumblr prohibited explicit content in 2018, and Facebook and Instagram also prohibit it. Twitter has become one of the few major social media platforms that still permits pornography.

The company was founded in 2016 by the Stokely family of Essex, who continue to serve as the company's public face and extract substantial profits. However, corporate filings indicate that it is now entirely owned by Leonid Radvinsky, a US-based online pornography veteran who maintains a low profile.