OnlyFans is banning images and videos that are “sexually explicit” from its site from October in a huge shakeup of its rules.
The subscription-only site, which is famed for its adult content, said the change comes following pressure from the company’s payment providers and banking partners.
Why is the site banning explicit content?
The social media platform allows ‘creators’ to share pictures and videos to the site which subscribers are only able to view by paying a tip or monthly fee.
Creators, which include sex workers, celebrities, musicians and influencers, among others, can share a range of content to the site, including fitness videos and cooking, but it is best known for pornography.
However, under new guidelines, which will take effect from 1 October, users will no longer be able to post “sexually explicit” content on the site.
OnlyFans said creators can still post nude content, but it will need to be consistent with the company’s updated policies.
The BBC reported that the change comes after it approached the company over concerns about its handling of accounts posting illegal content.
Content moderators for the platform are told to give multiple warnings to accounts that post illegal content before the site decides to close them, but a BBC investigation claims that staff are asked to be more lenient towards successful accounts on the service.
The investigation also claims to have seen several examples of banned content on the site and says it was told by moderators that prostitution services have been found advertising on the platform.
In response, OnlyFans told the BBC it does not tolerate violations of its terms of service, adding that its systems and age verification go far beyond “all relevant global safety standards and regulations”.
The London-based company issued a statement on Thursday (19 August) announcing the new changes to its policy from October.
It said: “In order to ensure the long-term sustainability of our platform, and continue to host an inclusive community of creators and fans, we must evolve our content guidelines.
"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.
"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."
How does the site work?
The site was founded in 2016 by Essex businessman Tim Stokely and enables creators to earn money from users who subscribe to their content.
Creators who use the site receive 80 per cent commission on their earnings from their ‘fans’ on a monthly basis, as well as from tips and a pay-per-view feature.
The remaining 20 per cent covers referral payments, payment processing, hosting, support, and all other services.
During the pandemic, OnlyFans said its membership surged to 130 million users across the globe.
On Wednesday (18 August), OnlyFans announced the launch of a new ‘suitable for work’ app which enables users to share nudity-free content.
The announcement came just a day before the subscription service said it will no longer allow sexually explicit content from October 2021 onwards.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, NationalWorld.