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Uncertain times for OnlyFans or when paying for porn gets complicated


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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Cherry.tv PR – Cherry.tv Launches New Native Mobile Chat App

An exciting New Year’s promotion from Cherry.tv

Cherry.tv has announced the launch of their own mobile chat app, which allows models and fans to stay connected and exchange messages outside of the Cherry.tv platform. The app is available for download on both Google Play and the App Store.

“Since there’s literally an app for everything, we thought camming should reflect that as well,” Cherry.tv CEO Paul Ashworth explained. “Cherry.tv is continually innovating on our platform, but we also want to give models and fans even more flexibility and ways to connect–even
when they’re offline. The app is native on the app stores, so there’s no need for an SDK; every Cherry.tv model can generate income via the app, so long as she has followers.”

Cherry.tv’s Head of Talents and Business Development, Zuzana Kasinski stated: “The app is super easy to use. Models and fans can simply input their existing Cherry.tv account logins, and even if the model is offline for a week or two, the app allows her to still monetize her
users while being away.”

Kasinski continued: “We understand that fans often desire a very private, personal connection, as well as one that they can enjoy anywhere at any time–so this chat app can easily double or triple a model’s earnings. Fans pay tokens per message, and models can send texts, pictures, or short video clips.” She added: “It’s exciting that not even a year from our launch, Cherry models can start using this extension to grow their brand and earnings.”

“This app is also our stepping stone to mobile streaming,” Ashworth stated, “and without a doubt, it will increase interaction and help Cherry.tv to continue to grow as a fun, sociable streaming platform–and adult community.”


About Cherry.tv

Cherry.tv aims to provide the ultimate experience in adult live streaming by blending gaming and social elements with the excitement of watching your favorite performers in real-time. Created by a team of professionals with 20 years of experience in the adult and gaming
industries, Cherry.tv brings a fresh perspective that will change the cam game and revolutionize the sector. Our goal is to become the #1 live streaming platform and enable millions of people to connect in a fun and engaging fashion. For more information on Cherry.tv, follow (@CherryTV). Interested affiliates can also sign up through CherryCash, and interested models can join via CherryModels.tv.

@Zuzana Kasinski
Business Development/Head of Talents

Cherry.tv

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¡LALEXPO continues, we already have dates for our eighth edition of Lalexpo in Cali!

From the team of Lalexpo, we want to officially announce the realization of our eighth edition, which will be held from July 23 to 26 in the emblematic city of Cali, where we will experience an unprecedented event that will undoubtedly mark a before and after for the industry.

During the event we will sign the Interinstitutional Pact for Legality and Good Industry Practices, which will be signed by the mayor of the city, Jorge Ivan Ospina, accompanied by members of his cabinet, where attendees and sponsors of Lalexpo, will commit to the protection of children, the defense of women’s rights, the free development of personality and compliance with the law. 

This pact will allow the adult webcam industry to demonstrate its commitment to the formalization of its activity and the consistent search to be recognized as an axis of economic and social development for more than 150 thousand families that make a living from the industry in Colombia.

We are convinced that Lalexpo 2022 will be once again national and international news, therefore, we remain firm and stronger than ever and we are confident that we will make the best version of Lalexpo to date, as we expect about 4,000 attendees in Cali, a record number for us.

So prepare your best suits and be ready to enjoy the hospitality and warmth that Sucursal del Cielo offers us because we are convinced that the signing of the Interinstitutional Pact for Legality and Good Industry Practices, hand in hand with the local government, is a historic event that consolidates and strengthens our industry. 

Sincerely,
Lalexpo Organizing Team

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When Love meets Technology or The Power of AI in Matching and Dating Industry 

The roses are gone and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate have been consumed, and while the greeting cards may have been replaced, that doesn’t mean that love nor the business of dating and matching are not still in full swing. 

In fact, the dating industry is not only thriving but one of the biggest adopters in the latest technological innovations of our time. Market analysis into the online dating industry has taken off in the past five years, and it is about time we take a deeper dive into the technology behind modern love.

If you’ve ever been on a dating app, especially if you have a profile on one of the better-known ones, then there’s a good chance that you’re familiar with the process by now: You go to the app, scroll through dozens or even hundreds of profiles in order to find one that catches your eye. If you like what you see, you send them a message. Maybe they respond; maybe not. And if things go well, you meet in person and take it from there. That’s all fine and dandy, but does it really work? 

Several of today’s most prominent trends in AI, from personalization to user privacy, have been quietly filtering into the online dating industry. And somewhere along the way, these dating apps have actually become the ones setting the standards for what success looks like when it comes to impactful AI-powered user experiences.

The bedrock of any successful AI initiative is the right data. By now, dating apps have discovered that matching people purely based on their geographic location, age or other superficial details won’t cut it. Instead, they need to get at the heart of the matter.

With thousands or millions of people on any given dating app, it’s imperative that users don’t waste their time swiping on people who they’d never be interested in. AI can help highlight potential matches who are both active on the app and have similar preferences and interests in the hopes that every pairing could result in a meaningful connection. For instance, Hinge has a “Most Compatible” feature, which analyzes a user’s preferences and sends recommendations of matches that it thinks will be a particularly good fit. Coffee Meets Bagel shares a selection of curated profiles for users to look at each day at noon via their “smart algorithm,” and DNA Romance takes it one step further by matching users with potential partners based on genetics.

The question of user safety has long loomed over online dating, so some apps are leveraging AI to address this. AI can help instantly improve user safety online, and stop harassment before it starts. Several apps have already rolled out safety features. For instance, Tinder’s “Are You Sure?” algorithm scans messages and compares them against text that’s been reported for inappropriate language in the past. Similarly, researchers have reportedly designed AI that analyzes dating profiles and pinpoints potential fakes.

Sometimes inspiration comes from unexpected places. Dating apps could, perhaps surprisingly, help establish a larger industry standard for things like AI-powered personalization, efficiency and safety—which could provide a better user experience every step of the way. Other companies can and should take note: Everything from ensuring curated and safe social feeds to recommending videos to view and clothing to buy rests on precisely the same principles dating apps use to help people find “the one.” And clearly it’s working! Millions of people put their trust in these apps every day. As they continue to rewrite the script on how to leverage AI to create excellent customer experiences, I think it’s time to start embracing the shift and swiping right on their strategy.

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