Since the launch of the OnlyFans meteorological site in 2016, the media landscape has not been the same. OnlyFans reached the peak of its popularity thanks to the platform it provided for sex workers to reliably post their content on a well-known site without fear.
It’s safe to say that these content creators won for Only Fans the same way Only Fans won for them – one cannot exist without the other. So, overturning the ban on sexually explicit videos was not only the smart move, but it was also the only move.
“Policy change, we had no choice – the short answer is banks,” Only Fans CEO Tim Stokely said, as reported by The Verge, regarding his initial plan to ban sexually explicit videos starting at October. Stokely said investors will not indulge in the website unless it becomes more marketable.
The decision to revoke the ban came after the company secured investment from sources who did not consider the site to be “damaging to reputation.”
It’s a breath of fresh air that may have come too late, however, as Newsweek reported that many creators have realized that OnlyFans will ditch them if their content doesn’t match mainstream appeal. The decision to ban this content was taken without thinking of the creators, and the damage to their subscribers has already been done.
Only Fans have been hoisted on the backs of the sex workers who have made the platform mainstream and making such a decision without warning is reprehensible for their livelihoods.
Imagine that you go to work one day and the manager tells you without warning: “Find elsewhere”. It’s not just a slap in the face; it’s a blow to the back.
“Every penny this company has made has revolved around porn, whether they like to admit it or not… I think it’s hilarious now to watch them try to pick up the pieces of a vase they threw in the wall, ”Skylar Shark, an OnlyFans content creator, told Buzzfeed.
A platform that’s poised to hurt the creators who kept it alive, without warning, isn’t quite the safest place to work. Creating content is hard enough and finding a platform to reliably publish sextype work is a Herculean task.
If creators have to constantly wonder whether they will be allowed to post or not, they should just find a place that will accept them permanently and not cause damage to their respective brands.
With such a focus on adult content, banning it for Only Fans would be like removing the kitchen from the Food Network.