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OnlyFans backtracks on ‘sex ban’ policy change after outcry

OnlyFans said it would no longer go through with its plans to ban sexually explicit content from its platform.


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Last week online subscription-based website OnlyFans announced that it would ban “sexually explicit” content from its platform from 1 October. This was a bold move because the service is synonymous with said content. On Wednesday, 25 August, the platform announced that it would no longer implement the policy change that received backlash.


OnlyFans took to Twitter to announce the reversal of its policy change, although it is unclear if the decision would be permanent.

“Thank you to everyone for making your voices heard,” said the company. “We have secured assurances necessary to support our diverse creator community and have suspended the October 1 policy change.”

The company said the OnlyFans website stood for inclusion and would continue to provide a home for all creators.

When the UK-based company announced the policy change it was said that move away from sexually explicit was motivated by pressure from OnlyFans’ banking partners, as well as political disapproval in the United States.

“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 at the time.

In response to the announcement on Wednesday, some social media users called on OnlyFans to lower the cut of creators’ earnings it takes. At present, the service takes 20% of all earnings on the platform.

“You should reduce your fees for all the fans lost,” said Ines Helene. “ This is absurd. People have mass-migrated to other sites.” Another creator claimed to have lost 500 subscribers since the initial announcement.