OnlyFans plans to ban porn from its site

An advisory board for a boutique social network known as OnlyFans says it plans to remove all adult content from the site. CEO Shawn Middlebrook announced the news Tuesday via email. He said the…

OnlyFans plans to ban porn from its site

An advisory board for a boutique social network known as OnlyFans says it plans to remove all adult content from the site.

CEO Shawn Middlebrook announced the news Tuesday via email. He said the decision came in response to more than 550,000 users and 87,000 ambassadors who had repeatedly petitioned for “a site where you can support or form friendships with adult entertainers without censorship.”

“The majority of the site’s top cheerleaders are adult actors, and we are committed to creating an environment that will allow adult entertainers to continue to make a living doing what they love,” Middlebrook said.

Sex workers have long complained about having to rely on independent blogs, social media and sexual stories to connect with their fans or a steady income. Others say it’s problematic to promote anyone who is part of the adult entertainment industry, even though many adult entertainers agree with the changes.

To reach the recommendations, the company has tightened the site’s relationship with adult actors and added a number of new features, but did not eliminate some 3,000 popular sexually explicit blogs, which like to promote themselves as “online porn destinations.”

The recommendation itself is still in the development phase, the company said, and will be announced in “due course.”

OnlyFans has been accused of being “one big wish list” for adult entertainers, one who spoke on condition of anonymity told CNN. The entrepreneur told CNN in February that OnlyFans may have become too overbearing.

One actor who decided to leave OnlyFans said the new features make it difficult to quickly respond to fans.

Also, he said, adult entertainment performer Stacie Mordant won’t now be able to list Herpero, a sex toy line she co-owns. Mordant said a listing in OnlyFans’ “Little Makers” section was her main marketing tool for her doll line.

While Mordant said some adult entertainers complained that OnlyFans was sexist or weird, she didn’t understand the decision to remove all adult content, nor why OnlyFans should try to sell adult content and create an unfriendly experience for adult actors.

She wants to know if the new features are just a plot to make OnlyFans more like other social media platforms.

“This is such an important issue to me and I really hope that this is not part of a bigger plan,” Mordant said.

Middlebrook said the company has “every intention of not creating or supporting any other sort of adult content on our site.”

OnlyFans hosts an interesting experiment in social media. It’s a boutique social network that’s built on a model of connecting only people who love the same or similar things. Users can only become members if they have relevant qualities like sporty ambition, a thirst for stories, and a competitive spirit.

But OnlyFans has also made it very easy for people to obsess over the fictional character Idina Menzel, associate professor of film and media studies at Kansas State University and critic of OnlyFans, because many viewers had become infatuated with a sexualized photo that showed her bulging from her towel.

In March, a group of crowdfunding artists and comedians helped fund the censorship of the photo.

Middlebrook says OnlyFans has always supported “artists who wish to allow those members to make their own choices about what is permitted and not permitted on the site,” but “we hope that all sexual content published on the site will continue to have safe and positive ways for our adult star endorsers to reach fans who admire them and support them.”

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