On Thursday, the video and picture sharing site OnlyFans declared designs to boycott “physically unequivocal content” starting October first. While we’re as yet not sure exactly why it’s changing so radically, it just conveyed a refreshed Terms of Service strategy to the designers who’ve assembled the site specifying precisely the thing will not be permitted going ahead.
Do not upload, post, display, or publish Content on OnlyFans that:
- Shows promotes, advertises, or refers to “sexually explicit conduct,” which means:
- actual or simulated sexual intercourse, including genital-genital, oral-genital, anal-genital, or oral-anal, between persons of any sex;
- actual or simulated masturbation;
- any exhibition of the anus or genitals of any person which is extreme or offensive;
- actual or simulated material depicting bodily fluids commonly secreted during sexual conduct;
- All existing Content that shows promotes advertises, or refers to “sexually explicit conduct” (which has the meaning given to it in section 5(b) of this Policy) must be removed before December 1, 2021, or by any other date which we communicate to Users.
Other sections of the policy that ban deepfakes, drugs, or violence, remain unchanged. In an email to OnlyFans creators, the site specified that “Content containing nudity will continue to be allowed as long as it is consistent with the policy.” Posts can show off body parts, but doing anything explicit (or zooming in too close) means they will be in violation. Any breach “may lead to your account being suspended or terminated, and access to your earnings being revoked.”
OnlyFans has largely built its billion-dollar business and brand on sex workers providing exactly the content being banned. Now those content creators have until December 1st to wipe any traces of the suddenly unacceptable content from their profiles.