Sex worker doesn't believe OnlyFans will stick to U-turn decision
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The online subscription service, which is popular among sex workers, recently announced new rules coming into effect in October that prohibit “any content containing sexually explicit conduct”, though non-sexual nudity will still be permitted. On Wednesday, it seemingly reversed the decision with a statement on its Twitter page. It is not clear if the ban is permanent or temporary.
Sex Worker Advocacy and resistance movement member Lydia Caradonna told LBC: “We don’t buy it. They have said they are suspending the decision to change the rules on October 1 that doesn’t mean they are not going to continue on with it in the future.
“We know the pressure came from outside sources for example, payment processors like Mastercard
“There doesn’t seem to have been any big change that would allow them to make such a big U-turn.
“We essentially think that the pressure put on them by the mass amount of sex workers leaving the site has forced them to look at the value of their asset and try and pause that mass exodus.
“We don’t believe that this is a permanent change.”
The social media platform is predominantly used by sex workers but a number of celebrities, musicians and comedians also use it for non-sexual content.
Creators receive 80 percent commission on their earnings, while the remaining 20 percent goes to the London-based firm, covering “referral payments, payment processing, hosting, support, and all other services”.
Some users of the platform criticised the policy change when it was first announced, with some stating that they intended to look elsewhere following the announcement, while others were anxious about what the future holds.
The statement said: “Thank you to everyone for making your voices heard.
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“We have secured assurances necessary to support our diverse creator community and have suspended the planned October 1 policy change.
“OnlyFans stands for inclusion and we will continue to provide a home for all creators.
“An official communication to creators will be emailed shortly.”
One user, a 23-year-old who uses the name Hexx Girl, criticised the company for the u-turn on Wednesday.
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She told the PA news agency: “I think it just shows the cracks in OnlyFans as a company, and to make things worse, they announced on Twitter and have still yet to send any communications to their users.
“It shows that all they care about is their public image and they are desperately trying to hold their company together but it’s a sinking ship.
“I thought surely they were at least gonna stick to it. It’s such a joke,” she added.
Hexx Girl said that after the last announcement, she lost 500 subscribers, meaning her income dropped by £4,000-5,000 this month.
Her earnings vary monthly.
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