OnlyFans describes the ban on “sexually explicit content”

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On Thursday, the video and picture sharing site OnlyFans announced that it would ban “sexually explicit content” from October 1st. While we’re still not sure why the site is changing so drastically, they just sent an updated Terms of Use Policy to the site’s creators detailing exactly what is not allowed in the future.

A comparison of the new OnlyFans Acceptable Use Policy with the old one makes the additions clear:

Do not upload, post, display, or publish content on OnlyFans that:

  • Shows, promotes, advertises or refers to “sexually explicit behavior”, which means:
  • actual or simulated intercourse, including genital-genital, oral-genital, anal-genital, or oral-anal, between persons of any gender;
  • actual or simulated masturbation;
  • any representation of a person’s anus or genitals that is extreme or offensive;
    actual or simulated material representing body fluids commonly secreted during sexual behavior;
  • All existing content that shows, promotes, promotes, or references “sexually explicit behavior” (which has the meaning set out in Section 5 (b) of this Policy) must be removed before December 1, 2021 or any other date we may communicate with users.

Other sections of the policy that prohibit deepfakes, drugs, or violence remain unchanged. According to the policy, parts of the body may be displayed in posts, but explicit actions are a violation by the user. Any violation “may result in your account being suspended, terminated, and loss of access to your earnings.”

OnlyFans has built its multi-billion dollar business and brand largely around sex workers who offer the very kind of content that is banned. Now these content creators have until December 1st to erase all traces of the suddenly unacceptable content from their profiles.

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