African American men all over social media have rejoiced at the news of OnlyFans banning pornographic content. Many among them were upset at what influence OnlyFans had on the youth, while others seemed more upset that it put everyday women out of their financial reach.
What is OnlyFans?
With 130 million users and over 2 million content creators, OnlyFans has become synonymous with pornography. Although OnlyFans is rife with content creators who clean houses, make clothing hauls, and makeup tutorials, OnlyFans claim to fame is its sex workers. Many OnlyFans content creators rely on this app as their primary income source. Due to the pandemic, some who went jobless shared explicit videos on OnlyFans to make ends meet. OnlyFans currently faces outrage from many of these sex workers who feel betrayed after having facilitated the platform’s success.
What is Changing at OnlyFans?
OnlyFans will continue to allow simple nudity as long as it conforms to the other policies of the platform. It said in a statement that “only sexually explicit content” – presumably pictures of sex acts on camera – would be banned. It is common for venture capital firms to avoid investing in websites that host adult content. During the pandemic, OnlyFans’ popularity surged along with its revenues, but it has been unable to secure outside financing.
What is Behind the Changes at Only Fans?
OnlyFans’ choice to ban pornography is also a result of concerted crackdowns across platforms on the internet sharing explicit content. This is a crackdown driven largely by a group of powerful and increasingly assertive companies. These companies are involved in payment processing. The payment processors that handle every swipe of your credit card be it for gas, groceries, parking, or even an OnlyFans subscription, are behind this concerted effort.
What is the Future of OnlyFans?
OnlyFans explained its decision in its announcement this week as a way of building a long-term sustainable platform. “These changes are to comply with the requests of our banking partners and payout providers,” the announcement added.