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OnlyFans creators who have built their livelihoods on the site have slammed the recent announcement that the platform will be banning “sexually explicit” images and videos from October 1st.
They've spoken out to say they feel "betrayed" and "used" by the site.
OnlyFans, which is known for its adult content, said in a statement: "In order to ensure the long-term sustainability of our platform, and continue to host an inclusive community of creators and fans, we must evolve our content guidelines."
It says that the company will continue to allow some posts containing nudity but “any content containing sexually-explicit conduct” will be banned.
“I feel betrayed by OnlyFans, I made it my entire livelihood, and quit my dreams of becoming a doctor to pursue a full time career on the site,” Camila Elle, 21, told Jam Press.
“Sex workers built this platform, it’s a business to us. We were the ones who promoted OnlyFans across social media.
“They used us to build the site and now they’re throwing us away.”
Fellow creator Ona Artist agrees, telling Jam Press: “If OnlyFans does go ahead with this it’s suicide.
“They might claim it’s because of payment processors rules but those companies put through porn purchases all over the web.
“Models will always find a way to share sexual content with those who want it.”
OnlyFans, which has 130 million users, has become synonymous with amateur pornographic models and saw customer numbers skyrocket during the coronavirus pandemic.
However, any future posts featuring nudity will now need to be consistent with its updated policies.
The change reportedly comes after the company was allegedly approached over concerns about its handling of accounts posting illegal content.
In a statement to the BBC, OnlyFans said that it did not tolerate violations of its terms of service, and its systems and age verification go far beyond "all relevant global safety standards and regulations".
Content creator Nita Marie said: “OnlyFans helps reduce sex trafficking and illegal sex work as it’s down to the creators who choose to post content.
“Online sex work is verified, safe and legal and OnlyFans also offers an opportunity for the user to interact with the creator in a safe environment.
Daily Star has contacted OnlyFans for comment.
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