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OnlyFans presents itself as a wide-ranging ‘subscription social network’ where creators of all kinds can ask their followers to view their output – but in reality, its highly successful business is largely based on sex. This emphasis has only grown during the pandemic, with more users spending their free time online, and more people wondering about a new source of income. The company is worth nearly $1 billion (£720 million) and with celebrities like Cardi B and Bella Thorne signing up, it was hard to see the company doing more of the same.

Then OnlyFans dropped a bombshell: it announced it would blocking obscene content. While some observers acknowledged the claim that the move was forced by banks that refused to work with the platform in its current form, others wondered whether it was driven by a longer-term gamble that more money and security were available. mainstream. In both cases, the sex workers who built a following on the site and relied on him for income took up arms.

Then came the second bomb. After OnlyFans obtained assurance from its banking partners that it can continue its operations, suspended its decision and it would “continue to provide a home for all creators”. However, most users of the site suspect that he intends to move away from sexual content in the future. Meanwhile, there are many with a more fundamental objection – claiming that the website has insufficient safeguards for its users or that it does not stop the publication of illegal content and is part of a system that commodifies women’s bodies and plays a role in misogyny online and offline. spaces are similar.

To remove all these, Nosheen Iqbal Speaking to The Guardian’s UK tech editor, Alex HernOutlining the possible reasons for OnlyFans’ initial decision and subsequent comeback, and reflecting on what its success tells us about the future of the internet business. We also hear bea duke, a content creator at OnlyFans, who left the platform as a result of the saga. “We are constantly being exploited for what we can bring to companies,” he says. “As soon as sex workers are big enough to build a platform over and over and bring in other people and celebrities, sex workers are kicked out.”

OnlyFans did not respond to a request for comment.

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