OnlyFans Changes Its Terms of Service; Is This The End for OnlyFans?
What is OnlyFans?
OnlyFans, a subscription-based clip platform, is popular with and commonly associated with sex workers. Some of its users who post non-sexual content are cosplayers, artists and social media influencers to name a few.
OnlyFans is dominated by pornographic content. Adult content on the OnlyFans platform vary from semi-nude to hardcore pornography. OnlyFans has two worlds, adult content and non-adult content. It was like a big island where one side didn’t compete with the other and a big reason why is that they are entirely different and almost independent of each other. It’s like using Google for “everyday” regular things and going to a porn site if it’s porn you are after. Even if adult content dominated OnlyFans, it can coexist with non-adult material and content because they don’t compete for the same “fans”.
OnlyFans received mainstream attention when in March 2020, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of OnlyFans content creators increased by 40%, and the number of users on the site increased from 7.5 million to 85 million. What YouTube was 10 years ago for video bloggers became what OnlyFans was for sex workers.
Actress and former child star Bella Thorne became the first person to supposedly earn $1 million in the first 24 hours of joining. They don’t tell where the fact checking is but she supposedly earned $2 million in less than a week. Her activities on OnlyFans were deemed controversial, premium prices for non-nudes and an alleged documentary of her joining OnlyFans falling through. Onlyfans soon after added restrictions that limit how much creators can charge for adult content and reduced payouts to creators to monthly rather than weekly.
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OnlyFans Changes Its Terms of Service
It was reported on August 19, 2021 that from October 2021 onward, OnlyFans will no longer allow sexually explicit material. The website, which hosts 2 million content creators and a user base of 130 million, said that this change was due to pressure from credit card companies. The company pushed the update through a new Terms of Service Policy.
The new Terms of Service Policy reads:
Another company statement reads that effective October 1, 2021,
OnlyFans stated nudity will still be allowed “as long as it is consistent with our Acceptable Use Policy,” adding, “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 level 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 led to all this is a combination of different factors coming together: American laws and politics, conservative groups in The U.S. who want to take down OnlyFans on grounds of sexual exploitation and the intense “cancel culture” happening in America at the moment. Bella Thorne’s failed publicity stunt was the cherry on top. Who knows how much longer OnlyFans will be around? After the changes are made and all changes seem to be permanent, OnlyFans will turn into more of a YouTube-Instagram-Playboy(brand) hybrid. It will be a personalized non-pornographic clips-for-sale subscription service. They have cleaned up their public image and done rebranding, the new OnlyFans will be a mix of hobbyists and non-pornograhic nudes. Just the sound of this already makes it so boring and not any different from other for-pay online services.
After this major change, it wouldn’t be surprising if sex workers on OnlyFans do a mass exodus and leave for more adult oriented websites and apps. Back to live web cams and cam shows. These platforms have been around since the beginning of high speed internet (late 90’s). It’s not odd that something old once again replaces something new, like the saying goes… the more things change, the more things stay the same.
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Images and videos that depict sexual stimulation and activity
Simulation of such also not allowed
OnlyFans switching to more wholesome content creators. Pictured above is a user who specializes in fashion trends.