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OnlyFans Will Ban Adult Content in October


The website OnlyFans, which allows creators to charge monthly subscription fees, announced it will ban adult content starting in October.

I have to be honest. When I read late last week about OnlyFans’ decision to ban adult content, one question immediately came to mind.

Is there anything on OnlyFans besides adult content?

I’m sure I’m not the first person to automatically associate the name of the platform with sexually explicit content. (I’m not, in fact. The New York Times once called the platform “the paywall of porn.”)

These days, I see links to people’s OnlyFans accounts all over Twitter and Instagram. There are female and male models who post nude images of themselves. Some post porn — and often, I suspect, not soft porn. You can find straight adult content and gay adult content across the platform.

I shudder to think what might be in between, but I’m sure it can be found there.

At least, for another few weeks.

The 4-year-old service, based in London, does host plenty of non-sexual content. Its Wikipedia page states it hosts everything from physical fitness experts to musicians. You can find artists, poets, authors, movie makers.  

It will ban adult content starting Oct. 1.

Variety was one of several sites, including The Guardian and Bloomberg, to report contents of a statement issued by OnlyFans about the change.

I couldn’t find the statement on OnlyFans’ website or its social media, however.

Reports state the platform agreed on the change “to comply with the requests of our banking partners and payout providers.”

Mastercard cut off payments to PornHub last year over allegations the platform housed unlawful content. When Mastercard pulled the plug in December, an investigation Visa started was still underway.

Since then, that platform removed a good deal of its content and implement stronger policies for those who upload content to their platform to document and confirm their identities.

OnlyFans, meanwhile, says it will still allow some nudity, the reports state. But sexually explicit content will get the axe.

The reports also state the company will release updated guidelines on what is and isn’t allowed in the coming weeks.

They’d better hurry. Oct. 1 will be here before you know it. Especially if you get your porn fix on the site or if you’re one of the content providers raking in the dough by providing it.

Now that I know it’s not exclusively adult content, I might explore the site to see what types of offerings might be of interest in the future.

I just don’t know that I’m willing to pay for subscriptions. Between the various streaming services for TV, I already feel I pay more than enough, even if I still pay a lot less than I did for cable!

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