The timing of the policy change is less concerning than OnlyFans’ refusal to communicate these updates with creators before they come into effect. Many, many creators now rely on OnlyFans income to support themselves, which means accidental rule-breaking can swiftly threaten their livelihoods if their accounts get suspended. Moreover, warning users about pending changes would give them time to adjust .
Finding out after the fact — It seems OnlyFans isn’t very committed to letting its most important users — the content creators — about rule changes. Longtime user Aspen Eden didn’t know about the new ban until OnlyFans sent her an email this weekend letting her know all content filmed outdoors had been removed.
Eden films almost all her content outdoors. This policy update rendered her account useless. “None of my content was ever made in a public area with people around or the chance of people walking up,” she told Vice. “I’ve never and would never want to put someone in a situation where they haven’t consented to seeing me nude.”
Capitalism and kink — As OnlyFans continues to grow, it’s being pulled in many different directions. The problem — as with most businesses — is that those actually using the platform end up with the short end of the stick.
Adult content is inherently rule-breaking, at least by general internet standards. Public sex, for example, is a common kink, but it’s a misdemeanor in most U.S. states — you can see how a company might find it difficult to moderate such content. It’s much easier to just ban it outright.
The larger problem is that OnlyFans keeps changing the rules without warning creators... or even bothering to tell them after the fact. These policy changes are intimately linked with money-making. If a payment processor or a bank doesn’t think public nudity is acceptable, for example, out it goes.
These changes have a way of adding up. That’s how we end up with situations like the mass-nuking of unverified videos over at Pornhub. That particular scandal left the site nearly unusable.
This tension is only going to keep worsening as platforms that allow user-generated sexual content continue to grow. The introduction of new internet laws meant to protect the public has a high probability of simply hurting sex workers instead.