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No more sex: OnlyFans to ban ‘explicit content’ from October

OnlyFans will ban sexually explicit content from 1 October. Nudity will still be allowed as long as it complies with an acceptable use policy.


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OnlyFans, a subscription-based website best known for giving adult content creators a platform to earn money, announced that it would ban pornographic material from 1 October. The company cited pressure from banking and payment partners as the reason for the switch.


The company, which is based in the United Kingdom, claims it has more than two million content creators and more than 130 million users. The website’s popularity exploded during the early months of the pandemic when lockdowns were common across the globe by providing sex workers, musicians and other content creators with a platform to connect – and earn – directly with their fans.

An OnlyFans statement said it would prohibit any content containing sexually explicit conduct from 1 October. Nudity will still be allowed on the platform as long as it fits within the “acceptable use policy” which is yet to be announced.

“Creators will continue to be allowed to post content containing nudity as long as it is consistent with our Acceptable Use Policy,” said OnlyFans. “We remain dedicated to our community of 130 million users and over 2 million creators that have earned over $5 billion n our platform.”

The company was founded by the Stokely family, based in Essex, England, in 2016, and they continue to be the public faces of the business. The Guardian, however, reports that Leonid Radvinsky, who made his name in the pornography business in the United States, wholly owns the company but keeps a low profile.


A BBC News investigation revealed that OnlyFans could be a bit lenient at times when it comes to enforcing breaches of its terms of service – the publication claims to have obtained leaked internal documents that site moderators consult before flagging worrying content.

The investigation was published shortly before the platform announced its upcoming policy change. Despite the popularity of online pornography, the website is following in the footsteps of other internet companies that have banned explicit content – Tumblr most recently took the step in 2018.

“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 guideline,” said a spokesperson for OnlyFans. The platform is not used by adult content creators exclusively, fitness, music and cooking influencers can also be subscribed to. The website takes 20% of all earnings on the platform.

Payment processing companies dictate what kind of content adult sites are able to host. In December, Mastercard and Visa banned payments to websites owned by Pornhub’s owner MindGeek, after reports emerged that those platforms hosted illegal content such as revenge porn.

OnlyFans has faced similar scrutiny recently, which is what precipitated the BBC’s investigation. Underage individuals reportedly faked their way into making profiles and selling content on the site, there are also allegations that some creators use the platform as a prostitution service.

Earlier in August, more than a hundred US politicians demanded that the department of justice launch an investigation into OnlyFans over allegations of the underage material on the site, according to The Guardian.

Additional reporting by AFP.