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OnlyFans on Wednesday announced it was making a hard turn and would not ban pornography on the site after widespread backlash from sex workers and creators who have helped make the platform popular in recent years.
Previously, the content subscription service said that starting in October, it will no longer allow “sexually explicit conduct” on the platform, a move the company said was made at the behest of banking partners and payment providers. However, in a message posted to social media early on Wednesday, OnlyFans said the planned ban had been “suspended.”
“Thank you to everyone for making your voices heard,” the message began. “We have secured assurances necessary to support our diverse creator community and have suspended the planned October 1 policy change. OnlyFans stands for inclusion and we will continue to provide a home for all creators.”
In a separate statement sent to The Hollywood Reporter, a spokesperson for OnlyFans said the proposed policy changes “are no longer required due to banking partners’ assurances that OnlyFans can support all genres of creators” but declined to comment further on whether the suspension was temporary or permanent.
OnlyFans, founded in 2016, is most well-known for featuring adult content and was praised as a safe space for sex workers. But last week, the company initially said it would no longer allow “sexually explicit conduct” in October, which it defined as actual or simulated intercourse, including “genital-genital, oral-genital, anal-genital or oral-anal, between persons of any sex”; masturbation; “material depicting bodily fluids commonly secreted during sexual conduct” and “any exhibition of the anus or genitals of any person which is extreme or offensive,” according to an updated version of its acceptable use policy.
But Wednesday morning’s policy suspension didn’t do much to assuage the concerns of many sex workers who previously would have been most impacted by the proposed ban against sexually explicit content.
“They did not say reversed, they did not say, Whatever hell we have to go through, we’re going to champion this cause,” Amberly Rothfield, a model marketing consultant who has been in the adult industry for more than 16 years, told THR. “This whole thing was gone about wrong. It leaves me with less faith than I had in OnlyFans [before]. That is a feat.”
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