OnlyFans pauses Russian-based accounts

midian182

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What just happened? With so many Western companies pulling their services from Russia, creator platform OnlyFans had been one of the few holdouts. But now the site, which is mainly used by those producing adult content, has paused accounts in the country, though it is only doing so because of tighter payment restrictions rising from sanctions against Russia.

OnlyFans did temporarily block access for Russian creators in February, showing users a message that read, "Please be informed that your country is not supported for payouts," but the functionality was quickly restored. The UK-based company at the time confirmed that it would not be terminating or suspending creator accounts based on their location and that the accounts would continue working normally "as long as we continue to have payment methods to support them."

Now, Motherboard reports that further clampdowns on payment services for those in Russia have resulted in OnlyFans being forced to cut off Russian creators.

"OnlyFans is a creator first business. Over the past few months we have explored several options to continue providing our services to creators impacted by the Russia / Ukraine war. However, due to a further tightening of payment restrictions to and from Russia, OnlyFans can no longer properly serve our Russian creator community," the company said in a statement.

"As a result, we are taking steps to temporarily pause accounts where payments are received in Russia. We have asked impacted creators to contact support@onlyfans.com who can help address any queries regarding their accounts."

Last month saw Visa, Mastercard, and PayPal all announce that they were suspending their operations in Russia over the country's invasion of Ukraine. It followed sanctions that limited or removed Russian banks from the SWIFT messaging system, cutting them off from communicating with the rest of the world via the network.

OnlyFans shocked its content creators and subscribers last year by announcing that the platform would prohibit the posting of any content containing sexually-explicit conduct starting October 1, 2021. While the site isn't entirely adult-only material, few people, if any, instantly think of fitness and cookery videos upon hearing its name. The company said that the banks behind its payment processing systems were pushing for the decision, but it took just one week before OnlyFans suspended the planned policy change amid user outrage.

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psycros

Posts: 4,155   +5,801
The West will virtue signal itself to poverty.

Yes, but it won't have anything to do with Russia.

Onlyfans and other services like it are probably among the few uncensored pipes for information in and out of Russia. The western intel community would probably very much like to see these sites excluded from the payment processing ban.
 

ZedRM

Posts: 1,039   +727
The West will virtue signal itself to poverty.
Sounds like a pro-Russian-propaganda comment. Put another way, keep your sad pithy comments to yourself.

While I have no problem with the Russian people themselves, the Russian government can go fornicate itself.
 

Nobina

Posts: 3,779   +4,209
Sounds like a pro-Russian-propaganda comment. Put another way, keep your sad pithy comments to yourself.

While I have no problem with the Russian people themselves, the Russian government can go fornicate itself.
Sounds like you can't discern propaganda from reality, or even a joke, maybe it's exactly propaganda that clouds your vision, just not the Russian one.
 

ZedRM

Posts: 1,039   +727
Sounds like you can't discern propaganda from reality, or even a joke, maybe it's exactly propaganda that clouds your vision, just not the Russian one.
Given your tone, I greatly doubt your comment was anything other than what it appears to be. However, IF your comment was a "joke", it was an incredibly crass and foul statement indeed. You're making a joke at the expense of people who are being attacked and murdered by a tyrannical government using its military in a criminal and illegal war.

Keep your low-brow, low class jokes to yourself.
 

Nobina

Posts: 3,779   +4,209
Given your tone, I greatly doubt your comment was anything other than what it appears to be. However, IF your comment was a "joke", it was an incredibly crass and foul statement indeed. You're making a joke at the expense of people who are being attacked and murdered by a tyrannical government using its military in a criminal and illegal war.

Keep your low-brow, low class jokes to yourself.
I'm not making a joke at the expense of people who are being attacked and murdered by a tyrannical government using its military in a criminal and illegal war(lol). Also, I don't care if you like it or not.