In a shocking announcement, popular website OnlyFans has declared that it will ban sexually explicit content from appearing on its platform beginning October 2021.
The move appears to be in reaction to banks and other payment processors threatening to disallow use of services for explicit material.
A spokesman for the England-based site said, “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. We will be sharing more details in the coming days, and we will actively support and guide our creators through this change in content guidelines. OnlyFans remains committed to the highest levels of safety and content moderation of any social platform. All creators are verified prior to being able to upload any content to OnlyFans, and all uploaded content is checked by automated systems and human moderators.”
The move will certainly be a hefty financial blow Ellie-Jean, Holly-Sue, Bonnie-Lue Coffey, Nathan Florence and other surfers who have turned to the site for financial freedom.
Detractors state that the move will actually endanger marginalized groups like trans sex workers and, likely, surfers.
Jane, an activist and OnlyFans creator, told the Guardian, “They are taking away our safe spaces. Nobody wants to protect us.”
Mary Moody, co-chair of the Adult Industry Laborers and Artists Association, added, “This change will put workers on the street who could otherwise afford rent, it will starve the children of sex workers who could otherwise afford to feed them, and it will force workers currently working remotely online into riskier street-based sex work.”
It is unclear if surfers are part of the Adult Industry Laborers and Artists Association.
More as the story develops.