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This article was published on August 23, 2021

OnlyFans wants to find ‘solutions’ for sex workers after its stupid porn ban

We have no idea how these solutions might look like

OnlyFans wants to find ‘solutions’ for sex workers after its stupid porn ban
Ivan Mehta
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Ivan Mehta

Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

One of the biggest tech news of last week was OnlyFans banning porn content. The video streaming platform said at that time it has taken this decision to “ensure the long-term sustainability.”

As my colleague, Napier pointed out, this move is dumb. It comes in the wake of payment processors bullying the platform into banning sexually explicit content for a ‘clean’ image. However, porn is one of the most popular content categories on OnlyFans, and the ban deprives a lot of sex workers of a chance to earn more money.

After facing a lot of backlash over this decision, the company addressed the issue over the weekend, and recognized that sex workers have played a huge part in OnlyFans‘ growth. The firm said it’s working on solutions for them, but didn’t specify what that could look like.

Because of the pandemic, many sex workers turned to live streaming to earn money, and OnlyFans was one of the top choices of platforms for them.

At this moment, the company’s porn ban looks like a hurried decision without any specifications or guidelines. We’ve asked for more information from OnlyFans, and will update the story if we hear back.

The platform has more than 130 million paying users, who watch different kinds of content — and sexual content is a major part of it. It said that since its inception, it has helped creators earn more than $4.5 billion. 

A BBC investigation has pointed out that OnlyFans has been ‘lenient’ about illegal sexual content on the platform, and the company needs to deal with it in a better manner. While the firm needs to remove illegal content more aggressively, a blanket ban on porn is not the answer.

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