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Update: Maybe not? Original: OnlyFans to prohibit "sexually explicit" content on platform

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Creators will still be allowed to post nude photos and videos if they comply with the company's policy.



I can’t speak to the investment angle the article references; I don’t know the specifics of who’s invested in OnlyFans or what their perspectives are.


But I believe we’ve seen enough examples of things like this happening where sex workers are the first to be deplatformed with LGTBQ+ content / creators not being far behind. But as someone who was indifferent to Tumblr pouring porn from itself, I’ve come around on companies doing this. Sex work should be decriminalized more broadly than it currently is and we should be wary of tech companies and investment firms using purity tests as an analogue got validity in general.

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16 minutes ago, Amazatron said:

WTF is non-sexually explicit on OnlyFans?

There are celebrities that post content on OnlyFans, and they do gain a lot of traction. The only problem with relying on them for site growth and sustainability is that they bring their own audience with them, and those audiences are really only interested in their specific content updates. And part of the reason why celebrities started using OnlyFans was because of the huge market drive that already occurs there because of the existence of adult entertainers who basically make their livings now on the platform. If OnlyFans chases those content creators away, it leaves ONLY the celebrities who will jump ship because the platform will continue to be weakened by its lack of usage. People use Tumblr as an example of the problem, but it's really the market collapse of Myspace they should be focused on because once another platform emerges (and it will), the whole kaboodle jumps ship with it.

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1 minute ago, johnny said:

banning porn is dumb. now the people who post nudes AND porn will go to another website entirely. 

I've been following the discussion of such content creators (I used to develop web sites for that "industry" back in the day so the contacts are all still there), and what's interesting is that the direction seems to be heading towards queries of what future platform sex workers will gravitate towards once they lose their cash cow. Some are in complete panic mode, while others who have been established much longer seem to be taking a "keep your eyes open and don't blow a gasket yet" approach.

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31 minutes ago, Jwheel86 said:

Ya'll were click baited



Not really. 


There's a difference between what their policy says they'll allow (nudity) and what is being kicked off--that is, hardcore, sexually explicit acts. That stuff will absolutely not survive. 

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New AUP in this link: 


Offending content must be removed by December 1st.




Do not upload, post, display, or publish Content on OnlyFans that:


  • Shows, promotes, advertises or refers to “sexually explicit conduct”, which means:
  • actual or simulated sexual intercourse, including genital-genital, oral-genital, anal-genital, or oral-anal, between persons of any sex;
  • actual or simulated masturbation;
  • any exhibition of the anus or genitals of any person which is extreme or offensive;
  • actual or simulated material depicting bodily fluids commonly secreted during sexual conduct;
  • All existing Content that shows, promotes, advertises or refers to “sexually explicit conduct” (which has the meaning given to it in section 5(b) of this Policy) must be removed before December 1, 2021, or by any other date which we communicate to Users.


So basically, it's Playboy.

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Maybe I just don't understand tech business, but why exactly do they need outside investors? By all accounts, they made at least 200 million last year and are projected to make upwards of a billion this year, but they're willing to potentially destroy their platform just as it's exploding in use because... it's not enough money?

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3 minutes ago, SimpleG said:

They dont

See @b_m_b_m_b_mpost above as the more likely reason

So... don't allow Mastercard? That seems a better option than nuking your platform.


Edit: now that I've read the whole thread it makes more sense. They're worried MC is just the start and are trying to get ahead of the curve. Still, if pornhub can make it work, I imagine they could, too.

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1 minute ago, b_m_b_m_b_m said:

Visa and amex probably close behind 

Yep. See edit. It makes more sense now, but it's still them going "you know how people come here for porn? What if we just didn't do porn anymore?" And expecting it to go differently than it did for Tumblr. Pornhub has been making it work. It just seems like nuking your platform is the stupidest option they have and they're taking it. They're basically trying to make a new YouTube with OFTV and onlyfans into a new Patreon. Only YouTube and Patreon already exist.


Though I suppose Patreon will also have to follow suit with guidelines, though they aren't explicitly known for porn, so it doesn't affect them as much. 

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