OnlyFans Reverses Course on Sexually Explicit Content Ban

"Thank you to everyone for making your voices heard."

It looks like OnlyFans won’t be screwing its adult content creators after all.

On Wednesday (August 25), the subscription-based platform announced it is reversing course on its plan to ban all “sexually explicit” content this fall. The company came under fire late last week after it announced the planned policy change, citing mounting pressure from “banking partners and payout providers.”

Less than one week after that announcement, OnlyFans now says it has “secured assurances necessary to support our diverse creator community and [has] suspended the planned October 1 policy change.” Needless to say, it did not specify how it secured that funding.

“OnlyFans stands for inclusion, and we will continue to provide a home for all creators,” the company tweeted, adding that an “official communication” would be emailed to creators shortly.

The initial policy change was widely criticized since OnlyFans was popularized by and is largely associated with sex workers, many of whom are LGBTQ+ and rely on the platform for a safer source of income. This is especially true amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been attributed to an uptick in popularity of DIY porn on OnlyFans and other platforms like it.

“@OnlyFans decision to ban sexual content will have terrible consequences for the lives and wellbeing of so many people,” tweeted transgender activist Cecilia Gentili in response to the company’s initial plan. “Today is a sad day. I dream of a day when sex will be normalized and sex work seen as what it is… work!”

OnlyFans reportedly pays out more than $5 billion to 1.5 million users annually.

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