The End of OnlyFans? – 20.8.21

(Please note that any additional comments/links/etc that have been added after the initial publishing of this blog have been marked with a “*”)

What’s Happening?

Last night statements were published across multiple articles saying that OnlyFans – the content sharing platform – was going to be getting rid of the pornography that currently exists on it.

These are a handful of articles that talk about the update from OnlyFans, feel free to read through them for a better idea of the situation.

This decision has been made due to the platform being unable to secure investors and to “ensure the long-term sustainability of the platform”.

The announcement has said that the new rules won’t come into effect until the 1st of October and that nudity will still be allowed as long as it is within the new terms and conditions which have not yet been released.

Since the announcement, there has been a sharp increase in people being rude/intentionally hurtful to SW’s. One of the more common things that seem to be happening is that non-SW’s are sending OnlyFans creators that post about the issue “application forms” for McDonald’s or replying to tweets directly telling them to get a “real job”.

Here’s the “application form” I got sent. It’s at least interesting to see what the American application form looks like, eh? (I have deliberately left the username visible as I don’t think that people that aim to hurt those facing difficult times deserve to be protected from their own actions)

Image shows a screenshot of Blue’s inbox on Twitter with a message containing an “application” form for McDonald’s

What Does This Announcement Mean?

So what this announcement means is now that Sex Workers have built up the platform, made their money and brought it into the spotlight, OnlyFans is just going to drop them to make investors/payment processors happy.

This isn’t a new thing. It’s not unexpected. But it is frustrating and saddening and not all content creators will be prepared for this.

I’m writing this blog mostly for my non-Sex Worker followers as I expect my Sex Worker followers will already know what’s going on and will know what to do next or at the very least where to look for help.

If you are a Sex Worker and you need someone to talk to about this please get in touch with me.

The main thing to remember – especially as a non-Sex Worker – is that this is going to be a very stressful time and that the Sex Workers on OnlyFans will need your support. That doesn’t have to mean money – we all know that finances can be tricky – it means actively showing SW’s support. Taking steps to follow SW’s on other platforms, share information about the changes, stop people when they start to make jokes about people from OnlyFans having to get “real jobs” now. Be a good ally.

*Some people have also pointed out that there is technically space for some adult content to be able to exist on OnlyFans even after October 1st and as much as that may be true it’s still very clear that OnlyFans does not want to support Sex Workers and therefore the platform is not safe for Sex Workers.

This is an especially good thread on Twitter that explains more about the real reasons this announcement is so worrying –> (tldr: it’s Mastercard’s new rules about verifying/reviewing all adult content including live streams).

*This article posted on Commerce Gate gives a very brief overview of some of the new rules that Mastercard is bringing into effect on October 15th 2021.

What’s The Next OnlyFans?

A few of my non-SW friends along with plenty of the SW have already highlighted that OnlyFans is just one platform and there are plenty more out there. There are other platforms that have been specifically made for and by SW’s. Along with tons of content sharing platforms in general.

The majority of Sex Workers will already have accounts set up on other platforms and probably have for a while now.

The issue is not simply that we’re losing a platform.

We’re losing a safe platform that people felt comfortable using.

Trying to get subscribers to move to a different platform can be incredibly difficult. I’ve seen so many SW’s try to move platforms only to lose more than half of their subscribers and then end up back on OnlyFans. Mostly because it was inconvenient for the subscribers or because there was distrust of a site that hadn’t been in the news.

In today’s age of free porn being just a quick google search away, it can be really difficult to get subscribers that are willing to pay for content in the first place. Even harder to find subscribers that will move with you when a platform becomes unsupportive. Of course, free porn is not inherently bad, I’m just highlighting that this has never been an easy sector to break into and to make a living off of (regardless of what the clickbait headlines told you). And losing mainstream sites just makes everything more difficult.

Some supportive organisations like Phreak Club (UK based independent sex toy sellers) are even offering incentives to help SW’s swap platforms. Phreak Club are offering a £15 discount to SW’s that create new accounts on AdmireMe.VIP as they have an official partnership with that platform. This is something I’d personally love to see more of.

If you’re looking for specifically which platforms you should be looking at next then here are the main ones that I have used personally and would recommend:

AdmireMe.VIP (this is the only site that charges in GBP£)

*JustForFans (specifically made by SW’s for SW’s) I’ve recently learned some unpleasant things about JFF and I am no longer recommending it and will be deleting my account on there. You can read about the reason I’m leaving that platform HERE.

ManyVids (they focus more on selling videos and other content but they do have a monthly subscription service built in that creators can use)

AVNStars (created by one of the biggest-name awards organisations in Porn – AVN Awards)

Let’s Recap

OnlyFans has made an announcement that it is removing pornography and sexually explicit content by the 1st of October 2021. Nudity and some Adult Content will likely survive and be permitted by the updated terms and conditions – which they have not yet released.

However, this announcement has shown that the platform will not be safe for Sex Workers in the long run. Anyone that tries to argue otherwise at this stage is just fooling themselves.

Financial institutes and payment processors can be very obviously – and rightly – seen as the real cause of this issue. It’s a well-known fact in SW circles that payment processors and the majority of banks are not safe for SW’s. The new terms and conditions coming into effect in October for Mastercard will likely effect many different sites and it’s something we should all be aware of and take steps to prepare for.

There are going to be lots of people that take this opportunity to be openly hateful/spiteful towards SW’s and to show how they really feel about the community. We need supportive voices to be louder and to take active steps to be supportive of the community. If you’re not sure how to help, look for people posting about it, try not to flood SW’s with questions right now.

The jokes about OnlyFans “shooting itself in the foot”, so to speak, are funny but please bear in mind that this is still a very big deal and not everyone will be ready to poke fun at the company that’s just kicked them to the curb.

Be compassionate and empathetic, stand up for SW’s when you see people being horrid and do what you can to support the people most affected by this when they ask for help.

Honestly there is so much more I could say about this and so much more depth to this entire situation but I’ll stop there for now. I will also aim to release a vlog about this later today.

Let’s finish with one of my favourite memes so far from one of my favourite Twitter users Lydia Cardonna – (who I definitely recommend following).

ALT Text: A meme titled “The Myth of Consensual Sex Work”. A couple smile in bed saying “I consent!”. A speech bubble over the Visa logo says “I don’t!”. Underneath text says “Isn’t there some random payment processor you forgot to ask?”

With all of this going on it’s harder for me to to sign off the way I usually would but at the same time I feel like it’s more important than ever that I do. So…

Stay safe & be happy x

Published by bluemerkitten

Aspiring alternative model and typical blue haired mermaid/kitten (merkitten).

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