The platform gained popularity among users and sex workers for hosting sexually explicit content and allowing people to be paid for their uploads.
“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.
According to Variety, the U.K.-based company cited mounting pressure “to comply with the requests of our banking partners and payout providers."
“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,” the company said in a statement. “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.”
After learning of OnlyFans’ new ban, Twitter users were confused by the company's move and decided to add their own input.
Some people took issue with officials' decision saying it directly impacts sex workers.
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According to OnlyFans, creators will not be prohibited from posting content containing nudity “as long as it is consistent with our Acceptable Use Policy.” Currently, the site allows for posts with nudity except in the event that content featuring public nudity is recorded in or streamed from a jurisdiction where public nudity is illegal.
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Since its inception in 2016, OnlyFans has garnered more than 130 million users and has paid out over $5 billion to creators worldwide. The company is also trying to raise money from third-party investors at a value of more than $1 billion after generating more than $2 billion in sales last year.