OnlyFans is a London-based content subscription business. Content makers can monetize their work by charging “fans” who subscribe to their content. It lets content creators collect monthly financing, as well as one-time tips and the pay-per-view option, directly from their followers.
OnlyFans, a subscription site known for adult content, has announced that starting October 1st, it would restrict sexually explicit photographs and videos. On the site, people will still be allowed to publish nude content.
However, this must be done following OnlyFans’ policies. The announcement comes after BBC News requested a reaction from the firm in response to stolen records relating to accounts that posted unlawful content.
According to OnlyFans, the shift came as a result of pressure from banking partners. During the pandemic, the site grew in popularity, and it now claims to have 130 million users.
“We must change our content restrictions to preserve the long-term survival of our platform and continue to host an inclusive community of creators and fans,” OnlyFans stated in a statement.
The London-based social media platform allows users to publish naked videos and photographs and charge subscribers for tips or a monthly fee.
Creators can submit anything from food videos to exercise films, but erotica is its most well-known feature. OnlyFans receives a 20% cut of all payments in exchange for hosting the content.
OnlyFans allows moderators to issue creators many warnings before canceling accounts, according to the documents, which are referred to as “compliance manuals.”
OnlyFans has some “tolerance” for accounts that upload unlawful content, according to moderation specialists and child safety experts.
OnlyFans stated the texts are not manuals or “official instruction,” that it does not tolerate violations of its terms of service, and that its systems and age verification go far above “all applicable global safety norms and regulations” in response to the BBC’s probe.
The service, which was formed in 2016 by Essex businessman Tim Stokely, had previously come under fire when a BBC News investigation revealed that under-18s had created accounts on the site using fraudulent identities. Even though it is unlawful to distribute indecent photos of children, BBC News discovered that under-18s were selling graphic recordings on the site in June.
The children’s commissioner for England stated after the BBC investigation that OnlyFans needs to do more to prevent underage users. OnlyFans stated it had closed the accounts that had been reported and refunded all active subscriptions in response to the investigation.
According to the company’s first monthly transparency report, 15 OnlyFans accounts were terminated in July after inappropriate photographs of children were discovered on those accounts. According to a BBC investigation, OnlyFans is failing to prevent underage users from selling and appearing in obscene videos.
Police claim a 14-year-old used her grandmother’s passport to open an account while under the age of 18. Children are being “exploited” on the network, according to the UK’s most senior police official for child safety. OnlyFans claims that its age verification techniques go above and beyond what is required by law.
OnlyFans claims in a statement that without the account credentials, it couldn’t respond particularly to the anonymous reports we were told about.
It claims that its attempts to prevent youngsters from accessing its site reduce the risk of their being subjected to blackmail or exploitation and that if it is notified of such behavior, it responds quickly and bans accounts.
Many people’s online lives have been changed in unexpected ways as a result of the pandemic.
However, the ramifications of children sharing graphic photographs – especially when the content is at risk of being leaked – could follow them for a long time.
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