OnlyFans announced on August 25 that the October 1 policy change has been “suspended.” The changes would’ve seen most sexual content banned from the platform.
On August 19, OnlyFans shocked users by revealing plans to block sexual content from the site. While talking to The Independent, a representative cited “long-term sustainability” as the reason for the decision.
YouTuber and OF creator Corinna Kopf spoke out about the content ban in a series of Tweets. “Shame on OnlyFans for the direction they’re going,” she said.
Creators from all corners of the internet were criticizing the site. Ethan Klein of H3H3 Productions stated that “(OnlyFans) allowed performers to make their own money on their own terms.” Streamer Amouranth said this is a “societal issue that requires a… shift (in) our attitudes towards sex work.”
OnlyFans is SO GOOD because it allowed performers to make their own money on their own terms and not be subjected to a disgusting, exploitative industry. Very sad that more people could be pushed back into that as a result of their poor decision.
— Ethan Klein (@h3h3productions) August 19, 2021
OnlyFans reversed the decision on August 25
OnlyFans announced their statement via Twitter. “We… have suspended the planned October 1 policy change,” they said. “OnlyFans stands for inclusion and we will continue to provide a home for all creators.”
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.
OnlyFans stands for inclusion and we will continue to provide a home for all creators.
— OnlyFans (@OnlyFans) August 25, 2021
They reassured that “an official communication to creators will be emailed shortly.”
The platform’s ‘Content & Engagement’ policy currently states that “unlike other social platforms, OnlyFans is welcoming of all creator genres and their content.” Despite this, their terms of service reveal that they reserve the right to “withdraw or restrict the availability of any part… for business reasons.”
Creators slammed the U-Turn
One OnlyFans creator stated that the platform “literally does not care” about them and “thought they could get away with it.” Another said they feel “manipulated” by the site.
Other creators insisted that OnlyFans should provide “financial compensation” for the “insensitive handling of the situation.”
ACLU said “This is welcome news, but sex workers’ livelihoods shouldn’t depend on the whims of individual platforms.”
This is welcome news, but sex workers’ livelihoods shouldn’t depend on the whims of individual platforms.
SEX WORK IS WORK. https://t.co/mriA9PikUf
— ACLU (@ACLU) August 25, 2021
Writer Mike Drucker mocked the decision, suggesting that OF had realized they relied on these creators for revenue.
ONLYFANS FIVE DAYS AGO: “There is no place for disgusting human sex on our pure family website!”
ONLYFANS AFTER SEEING WHERE THEIR MONEY COMES FROM: “😢we sowwy pwease don’t weev us we wuv woo” https://t.co/eW0NiHEpfT
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) August 25, 2021
Others question the wording of the statement, which said the plans had only been ‘suspended, rather than cancelled.
they are not going to keep us around forever. they want a safety net of OUR earnings because they pulled the plug too fast. as soon as they have enough to feel good about it, they will ditch sex workers again. https://t.co/RLkSy4UtV3
— 🍃 elle 🍃 THEY / THEM (@fckelle) August 25, 2021
Whether the policy changes will return remains to be seen. With creators currently moving to other platforms, has the “whiplash” statement caused more harm than good?