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In a striking change for a company best known for its sexually explicit content, OnlyFans will begin banning users from posting content containing “sexually explicit conduct” this October due to requests from banking partners and payment providers, the company said Thursday.
Nude photos and videos will still be allowed on the platform, provided they follow OnlyFans’ rules, but it’s not immediately clear how the company will determine what kind of sexually explicit content will fall under the ban. Earlier this year, OnlyFans quietly blocked users from posting public-sex content to its platform.
“In order to ensure the long-term sustainability of our platform, and to continue to host an inclusive community of creators and fans, we must evolve our content guidelines,” OnlyFans said in a statement, which was first reported on by Bloomberg.
The changes come as OnlyFans, which has 2 million creators and more than 130 million users, has been seeking funding from outside investors at a $1 billion valuation. According to Axios, OnlyFans has struggled to find VC funding due in part to concerns about the adult content on the platform and potential difficulty finding brand partners due to the company’s reputation. This week, the company launched a SFW streaming service that does not contain any nudity or sexually explicit content.
But OnlyFans, which allows creators to charge their fans for photos and videos, has become popular among sex workers and creators who have come to rely on OnlyFans for income.
Siri Dahl, an OnlyFans creator and adult film star, told The Hollywood Reporter that 90 percent of her income comes from OnlyFans. But without clear guidance from the platform on what their new rules will entail come October, Dahl said she has no concrete idea of how her income will be affected.
“It’s pretty terrifying,” Dahl said. “I bought a house [earlier this year]. So I’m sitting here going, Cool. Am I going to lose my house?“
Billy Procida, a comedian, OnlyFans creator and host of The Manwhore Podcast, said that the vague language around the company’s announcement — “sexually explicit conduct” — made it unclear if creators could still DM paying users explicit conduct, or if the new rules will impact everything posted and shared on the platform. Either way, Procida said it was “messed up” that OnlyFans creators found out through news reports, and not the company itself — and even with that, the rule changes remain unclear.
“We don’t even know what the changes are. We don’t know,” Procida told THR. “I can’t tell you exactly how it impacts what I do, because I don’t know what the new rules are.”
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