Aug 25, 2021 - Economy & Business

OnlyFans suspends plan to ban sexually explicit content after outcry

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OnlyFans, an online creator platform known for its adult content, announced via Twitter Wednesday that it has dropped plans to ban sexually explicit content on its platform in October.

Why it matters: The move comes after the proposed ban sparked an outcry from sex workers who relied on the platform to safely make a living.

What they're saying: "Thank you to everyone for making your voices heard," the platform tweeted. "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."

The big picture: OnlyFans announced the proposed ban on sexually explicit content last week.

  • The company has struggled to attract outside investors, and the move was done at the request of its banking and payout partners, it said.
  • The move concerned many sex workers who had made long-term financial commitments, including mortgages, based on the presumption that they'd continue posting on the platform.
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