OnlyFans wants to drop 'adult content site' image, says it supports UK Online Safety Bill

midian182

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In context: Look up OnlyFans on Wikipedia, and you'll find it's defined as an internet content subscription service—a description that could be applied to a site such as Patreon—but few people visit OF for the purpose of listening to podcasts. Yet despite users spending $3.9 billion on the platform in 2021, it wants to move away from its image as a paid-for porn site, just as its home country of the UK looks to finalize the Online Safety Bill.

Not that most people realize it, but OnlyFans counts fitness instructors, chefs, musicians, podcasters, and more among its two million+ creators. Most accounts post material of an adult nature, of course, which makes the creators and the site a lot of money, yet the company wants to make this aspect less of a focus.

"Amazon sell books on sex and gardening. Nobody calls Amazon an adult bookstore, right?" Keily Blair, the UK company's strategy chief, told Bloomberg. "Our content creators provide content on anything from gardening to lady gardens, and for some reason, OnlyFans is 'an adult-content site.'"

This renewed push toward a mainstream image and increased transparency comes as the UK's Online Safety Bill is set to resume its progress through parliament. The bill requires tech companies to protect their users from illegal content such as child-abuse images and "legal but harmful" content. Parts of it could only apply to services with a significant number of users under 18, which UK lawmakers fear could exempt OnlyFans.

"We are vocal supporters of the Online Safety Bill, and any suggestions that we have or would attempt to dodge its requirements are not supported by factual analysis, evidence or statements by OnlyFans," a spokesperson said.

Bloomberg notes that OnlyFans removed more than a million posts for violating its acceptable use policy since July 2021, has 1,000 workers dedicated to safety, and removes hundreds of accounts each month.

This isn't entirely new ground for OnlyFans. There was shock last year when the company said it would ban sexually-explicit material on the platform due to demands from financial and payment partners. The ban was suspended a few days later following creator and user outrage.

OnlyFans also has a mobile app called OFTV, which forgoes the usual explicit material in favor of non-pornographic content like cookery shows. Some presenters are scantily clad, but it's certainly no worse than Twitch.

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SirDigby

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I know one musician that has OnlyFans for extra content, I don't really understand why she didn't go for Patreon as I don't believe she posts anything explicit, maybe you get a better cut?
Unless its a 'come for the expectation of explicit content, stay for the actual content' deals?
 

3volv3d

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I would love if the lost the pron content but I didn't know it was for normal stuff too.
I'm just sick of the news articles littering my opera feed.
Tart earns 4k cause she has big melons.
Tart stabs bf for dumping her.
But they'll only go elsewhere and do the same as blokes pay for crazy money for sexual content.
Women will have all the money cause men are apparently thick as ... Who buys a model a house for flashing her norks.
Does anyone wanna see me dunk my nuts in warm gooey chocolate for money??? I need a few things.
 

takaozo

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When I heard about only fans for the first time, this is what I had in mind
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Vanderlinde

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Sex sells.

I know,

I'm active in that business for 14 years and providing such platforms for customers.

It is not a good movement. OF is likely to strip the adult content for other reasons then you might think. They are likely to lose the use of Credit Card or other payment gateways because they are running, adult content.

We are seeing this trend that anything "high risk" such as credit card payments in both adult or casino world is stripper as much as possible. I mean try to host your own website where you offer your own content in exchange for a payment. Its going to be utterly difficult to find a payment provider with CC support that actively supports your business.

Pornhub was closed down too in that regard.
 

human7

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It's like saying that Porn Hub will no longer be a porn website.

With their legal troubles, it wouldn't surprise me if that is what eventually happens. They've already taken down the majority of the content on their site.
 

Nanochip

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I know,

I'm active in that business for 14 years and providing such platforms for customers.

It is not a good movement. OF is likely to strip the adult content for other reasons then you might think. They are likely to lose the use of Credit Card or other payment gateways because they are running, adult content.

We are seeing this trend that anything "high risk" such as credit card payments in both adult or casino world is stripper as much as possible. I mean try to host your own website where you offer your own content in exchange for a payment. Its going to be utterly difficult to find a payment provider with CC support that actively supports your business.

Pornhub was closed down too in that regard.
Fair point none of these websites are an island onto themselves, but so long as they’re not hosting illegal content (such as forcible stuff or things that the participants didn’t consent to) they should be fine. I would think.
 

G0DofPaiN

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"Amazon sell books on sex and gardening. Nobody calls Amazon an adult bookstore, right?"

Do adult books make up 95% of amazon sales? No. So what is the point of this comparison?
 

human7

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In other (hypothetical) news, UK lawmakers are OnlyFans only fans, after a mass exodus of users from the site was prompted by new content policies on the platform.
 

hwertz

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Why don't they just keep OnlyFans as is ($3.9 billion spent on the platform? Why risk it!) and have a second site with a slightly different name like FansOnly or BestFans or something that is a clean-only version of the site. If you want plenty of initial content, give the option for those with clean content on OnlyFans to also have it on the new site.

TBH, I thought OnlyFans was sports-related, like one of those "virtual team" sites (where one picks a roster of baseball, basketball, or football players from that years teams, and the site does some statistical razz-ma-tazz to decide who wins as the teams "play" each other.).