OnlyFans remains R-rated: How did the top creators react?
OnlyFans has officially announced that all of the site’s adult content will not be banned after all. A week ago, the controversial site caused widespread panic when it announced that all pornography and adult content will no longer be permitted. However, after considerable backlash and bank agreement issues, the website dropped all plans.
OnlyFans is home to countless successful content creators including Cardi B, Bhad Babie, Jordyn Woods, Bella Thorne, Amber Rose, Blac Chyna, Rubi Rose, and Tana Mongeau. Learn why the site was planning on canceling pornography in the first place and the reaction from top creators.
Why OnlyFans planned on banning adult content
The content subscription website had rising trouble in finding a bank that would do business with them. It was revealed that banks including JP Morgan Chase, Bank of New York Mellon, and the U.K.’s Metro Bank all had refused to work with the infamous platform.
On August 24th, OnlyFans founder and CEO Tim Stokely revealed the bank crisis with the Financial Times. He reported that the listed banks had denied paying the salaries of OnlyFans content creators.
The website that was created in 2016 has over 130 million registered users and over 2 million content creators. As expected, the OnlyFans community had a near meltdown when the news was announced. For top content creators making millions off the website, it makes sense countless members were upset.
OnlyFans statement on dropping the planned ban
On Wednesday, the website said it “secured assurances necessary to support our diverse creator community,” inferring that it has new arrangements with banks to pay OnlyFans’ content creators, including those who post sexually explicit content.
“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 October 1 policy change,” the company responded in a tweet.
“OnlyFans stands for inclusion and we will continue to provide a home for all creators,” the company said. An OnlyFans spokesperson hasn’t revealed which banks have agreed to OnlyFans’ payment-processing agreements. “The proposed Oct. 1, 2021 changes are no longer required due to banking partners’ assurances that OnlyFans can support all genres of creators,” the spokesperson reported.
Reactions from top OnlyFans content creators
Plenty of content creators voiced their heated disagreement with the platform on social media when the ban was first announced. “onlyfans is just another example of how these large platforms use sex workers to build their audience then pull support once they no longer deem them beneficial,” said @JennaLynnMeowri, a Twitch streamer & OnlyFans creator.
Creator @jasminericegirl tweeted, “[A]s someone who does sex work on [OnlyFans], i’m angry for every creator that has relied on OF for an income just to be thrown out. this is so f***ed up. I’ve dealt with all sorts of leaks, harassment, abuse, rape threats and death threats, all while onlyfans ignores my emails for help and takes 20% of everything that i make.”
Now that the ban has been dropped, many can’t shake off the betrayal. “My initial reaction was like, ‘Oh yay!’ But then you come back to this moment of, ‘Wait, you betrayed us from the beginning,’” Courtney Tillia told PEOPLE. “Why is it a change now and why is the banking issue okay now?”
She continued, “I wanna know what Tim [Stokely, OnlyFans’ founder and CEO] is going to do. What happened initially was we felt like our content, our platform was taken overnight. . . and we were gonna lose everything. So what is he putting in place to ensure that they’re protecting sex workers and our content is protected? It’s like a relationship. You’ve done something to lose our trust, what are you gonna do?”
“They went to media [first] and then told their creators, and they did the same thing this morning,” she said. “I’m not happy about it . . . It feels like [the reversal] is not coming from a genuine place.”
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