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OnlyFans has been around since 2016 and it is best known for letting creators upload any kind of content, including porn, and lock it behind a paywall. Last week, the UK based company announced it would no longer allow ”explicit sexual content” in the future, only to suspend the plan after outcry from users, a few days later.

Why did OnlyFans try to ban porn?
The OnlyFans board management announced on 19 August 2021 it planned to ban the posting of any sexually explicit conduct, citing a need to comply with banking partners and payout providers. “In order to ensure the long-term sustainability of the platform, and to continue to host an inclusive community of creators and fans, we must evolve our content guidelines”, according to a statement provided to the media.
A few days later, OnlyFans reversed course. On Wednesday, it declared that it had “secured assurances necessary to support our diverse creator community.” It suspended its plans for the new policy, and as of this writing, there’s no indication it will reimplement the ban.
Mike Stabile, director of public affairs at the adult industry group Free Speech Coalition, explains that launching a platform requires establishing a direct relationship with a bank or using a payment processor that accepts adult industry clients. In turn, banks and processing gateways need to comply with rules set by Mastercard and Visa. (American Express doesn’t support digital adult content at all.) “At every point, there’s a potential where someone is not going to want to work with you, because you’re adult content,” says Stabile.

Why don’t financial companies want to work with adult sites?
One of the main reasons is an unusually high risk of disputed charges from customers who make a purchase but deny it out of embarrassment, for instance, and try to get their money back. Another reason would be a ripple effect where financial companies worry about violating Visa and Mastercard’s adult content rules and may act even more conservatively, exceeding the mark of the actual policies.
Anti-porn activists scored a major victory when Visa and Mastercard cut off payments to Pornhub, the site run by adult services juggernaut MindGeek, following a New York Times report pointing to nonconsensual pornography and videos of children on the site. In April, Mastercard introduced new rules for all adult services, requiring them to verify performers’ ages and their consent to have content posted. The rules are set to take effect in October.
Nevertheless, the site was hit with severe backlash – from subscribers, creators, and the media alike – with many pointing out that OnlyFans used sex workers to grow powerful, and then it sold them out. Sex workers claim they had built OnlyFans into a multibillion-dollar subscription platform, and after the news, many have explained why the proposed change was such a betrayal. They helped make the company valuable, and in return, it nearly kicked them out.
We may never know the exact reason why OnlyFans tried to ban explicit adult content on it’s platform, but for sure it drove a lot of attention to the matter. Even Elon Musk used the recent controversy surrounding the website OnlyFans and tweeted “The dark side of OnlyFans” alongside a photo of real table fans. Read more articles here

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BCAMS Magazine, the 13th issue!

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Tumblr and why the porn-friendly era of the internet is over?

Matt Mullenweg, the chief executive of Tumblr parent company Automattic said that the “casually porn-friendly era of the early internet is currently impossible” as he looked to explain why Tumblr and other sites will never go back to freely available adult content.

After widespread and inaccurate speculation that Tumblr would lift its ban on adult content, Mullenweg posted a long explanation of why Tumblr will never go back to the old days. The internet has fundamentally change its stance on pornography, the head of Tumblr has said.

Tumblr was once known for lax attitudes towards pornography that helped make it one of the most popular sites on the internet. But in 2018, new owner Verizon banned such content, introducing restrictive rules that kept it off the platform.

Why is returning to that era impossible?
For now, it’s largely because of intermediaries that play a massive role in how people access the web. Payment processors have long been leery of adult content, and they’ve stepped up enforcement in recent years, in part because of concerns about child abuse and non-consensual pornography. Apple’s iOS App Store has been staunchly opposed to it since launch. And without those two pieces of infrastructure, running a for-profit site is incredibly difficult. “If Apple permanently banned Tumblr from the App Store, we’d probably have to shut the service down,” Mullenweg noted. Some non-profit sites that do allow things like explicit artwork have remained persistently web-only despite years of requests for apps.

Meanwhile, porn companies have their own stack of payment processing services, but they’re typically far more expensive — something that nearly got adult performers banned from the subscription platform OnlyFans last year.

The issue is compounded by new rules about age verification and anti-sex work laws like FOSTA-SESTA. Some of these laws are meant to combat unambiguously harmful phenomena like non-consensual pornography, but they also add substantial legal oversight.
Why can both Reddit and Twitter, fairly unusually for modern social networks, allow a lot of porn?
“Ask Apple, because I don’t know,” says Mullenweg. He speculates that Twitter and Reddit are both too big to ban, although Apple has forced moderation changes even for giant services like Facebook.

The overall upshot:
“If you wanted to start an adult social network in 2022, you’d need to be web-only on iOS and side-load on Android, take payment in crypto, have a way to convert crypto to fiat for business operations without being blocked, do a ton of work in age and identity verification and compliance so you don’t go to jail, protect all of that identity information so you don’t dox your users, and make a ton of money.”

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Could TikTok turn into the new Only Fans?

TikTok is once again updating its livestreaming features, and this time the biggest improvements affect the people who can’t watch. For starters, the upgrade now lets TikTok Live users host adult-only broadcasts. If a stream is likely to include lots of colorful language or tackle traumatic subjects, you can make sure the audience is mature enough to handle it. The option will be available in the “coming weeks.” And no, it’s not an officially sanctioned alternative to OnlyFans — TikTok’s policies still forbid sexually explicit content.

However, people are speculating that TikTok could soon turn into an OnlyFans alternative after the platform announced the new “adults only” feature for live broadcasting.

TikTok rose to huge popularity during the Covid-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns across the world.
While its user base is mainly comprised of Gen Z, it appears to the app is hoping to draw more of an adult audience after announcing it’s raising the age of those who can live broadcast to adults and is introducing an adult-only viewer option.

According to the Chinese-owned platform, the new feature is being brought in to protect its younger users and could be used to stream comedy routines with strong language or broadcast videos with more complex or “difficult” subject matter.
TikTok announced: “In the coming weeks, we plan to introduce a new way for creators to choose if they’d prefer to only reach an adult audience in their LIVE.

“For instance, perhaps a comedy routine is better suited for people over age 18. Or, a host may plan to talk about a difficult life experience and they would feel more comfortable knowing the conversation is limited to adults.

“We want our community to make the most of the opportunities LIVE can bring without compromising on safety.”

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