OnlyFans: Is it banning sexually explicit content?

25 August 2021, 15:41 | Updated: 25 August 2021, 15:49

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The subscription site said they would ban content from October, but will they go through with it? Find out here.

OnlyFans previously announced its plans to ban sexual content.

The social media platform, which started out being used by sex workers, is now a place where celebrities, social media influencers and comedians alike share bonus content with their loyal followers in return for a subscription or one-off payments.

However, last week saw the London company announce that it would ban sexually explicit content, while still enabling the use of "nude" photos.

Today (Wednesday 25 August) the platform has come out with a fresh announcement which has changed the game once again.

So what is OnlyFans anyway and are they still banning sexual content? Find out everything we know about the decision so far and what it means for those who share their work on it.

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What is OnlyFans?

OnlyFans is a London-based content platform which allows adult workers and celebrities to earn money from users for their bespoke and exclusive content. Creators can earn money either from monthly subscriptions, one-time tips or a pay-per-view feature.

OnlyFans is used by everyone from every day sex workers to celebrities and the likes of Cardi B, Bella Thorne, Tyga and Aaron Carter have accounts.

Is OnlyFans banning sexual content?

OnlyFans has suspended its policy to ban sexual content after the backlash they faced.

Taking to Twitter on Wednesday 25 September, the wrote: "Thank you to everyone for making your voices heard.

"We have secured assurances necessary to support our diverse creator community and have suspended the planned 1 October policy change.

"OnlyFans stands for inclusion and we will continue to provide a home for all creators."

The platform previously said they were banning sexual content due to pressure from its banking and payment processing partners who raised issues about the site's content.

According to Variety, the company said in a statement: "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."

They added: "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."

What was OnlyFans not banning?

The UK site was not going to ban nudity. The platform said that nude content will be allowed: "as long as it is consistent with (their) Acceptable Use Policy."

Nudity is currently allowed on the platforms' acceptable use policy except where it is recorded in or broadcast from a place where public nudity is illegal.