After achieving popularity—and more than 130 million users—thanks to its farm-to-table business model for sex workers, Only Fans announced that it will no longer host sexually explicit content effective October 1, 2021.
“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,” the company said in a statement.
Nudity will still be allowed, but as anyone who has ever posted a cheeky photo to Instagram knows, the definition of sexually explicit nudity can be a loose one indeed.
“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,” the company continued. “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.”
Luckily for sex workers, there are plenty of other platform options, with more coming soon. And the silver lining here may be that Only Fans has given enough of a runway with its announcement that everyone can promote their alternate accounts and not lose too many subscribers.
But that doesn’t take away from the disappointing, moralistic tone here. What started off as a fun, edgy site is now fully embracing the mainstream—to what end? YouTube already exists. But have fun hosting cooking videos and fitness classes. People definitely aren’t tired of doing those virtually!
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