OnlyFans, a website popular with sex workers, announced Thursday it will ban “sexually explicit content” Oct. 1.
“In order to ensure the long-term sustainability of our platform, and continue to host an inclusive community of creators and fans, we must evolve our content guidelines,” OnlyFans told Bloomberg News.
Subscribers pay a fee to access OnlyFans’ content creators’ photos and videos. Other types of content creators also use the platform like chefs and musicians.
According to The Hill, creators will still be able to post nudity, but did not provide a definition of what constitutes “sexually explicit conduct.”
In the past OnlyFans has been praised for giving sex workers a safe place to do their jobs.
The second most popular website for sex workers is JustFor.Fans, a South Florida-based company.
In a joint statement JustFor.Fans and Fabscout, a local adult modeling agency, responded to the news.
“The adult industry is sadly used to companies cutting their teeth on the adult market and then abandoning them once they reach critical mass. JustFor.Fans was founded and built by and for sex workers and its staff is 100% comprised of sex workers and people who have been in the porn industry for many, many years,” the joint statement reads. “We are a porn site. That will never change and we have no interest in ‘mainstreaming.’ JustFor.Fans is number two in traffic to OnlyFans, and we are well-poised to make sure adult content creators are not abandoned. We welcome them all to our website. We believe we have the most innovative platform out there, and are constantly evolving to meet the needs of our community. We welcome everyone to check us out.”