By now, it’s no surprise that big brands and corporations have been shying away from sexually explicit content – with more and more platforms becoming more heavily scrutinized and regulated. We’ve seen this “porn ban” happen most recently with Tumblr – a site made famous by its unapologetically sexually explicit content. In 2019, the Business Insider reported that since its more family-friendly rebrand, Tumblr’s unique monthly visitors decreased by more than 20% and continue to fall. But for an entertainment giant like OnlyFans – a platform built on the back of thousands of adult entertainers and wildly explicit content; the news of a pornography ban comes as a particular shock and financial concern. Not just for its investors, but the very creators who helped to build it.
So why would OnlyFans just decide to disenfranchise its biggest creator/fan base? During the course of the pandemic, its subscriptions skyrocketed to a whopping 130 million users all over the world. With recent global studies suggesting the consumption of online pornography has also seen an unprecedented rise during that time, we can assume a large portion of those 130 million users flocked to the platform thanks to its incredible pornographic offering.
This wildly radical move away from explicit content comes as a result of mounting pressure from banking partners and payment providers – according to the company and has caused serious ramifications across the entire adult entertainment industry. Creators will still be allowed to put up nude photos and videos, provided they’re consistent with OnlyFans’ new policy – “in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of the platform, and to continue to host an inclusive community of creators and fans, we must evolve our content guidelines” the company said. While sexually explicit content used to be the “go-to” for many of its subscribers, now many celebrities and influencers have joined the platform to share “clean” exclusive content causing a shift in the platform’s focus. OnlyFans is now positioning itself more as a forum for musicians, fitness instructors and chefs than sex workers.
This will cause a global shift in the adult entertainment industry, but what will happen to all the sex workers now? Due to OnlyFans’ popularity and social media dominance, over the past week the entire online adult content industry was thrown into a state of chaos, panic and confusion. Thousands of sex workers and creators are suddenly left to face the bleak reality of their income, lifestyle and social media fame being completely stripped away. Having found major success in the online adult entertainment business, thousands of popular OnlyFans creators have quit their day jobs and relied on the platform to pay their bills and fund their new and often lavish lifestyles. For many, the consequences will be critical.
But while its market dominance was undeniable, OnlyFans was just one of the many online platforms focused on the sex entertainment niche. Now more than ever, other similar sites like AdmiremeVip, FanCentro and EscortFans will have the chance to benefit from this gap in the market and grow by offering sex workers a dedicated platform to migrate to.
But what is the most important thing for sex workers to consider when choosing a new platform? Without a doubt, the most important thing is to read all the terms and conditions, making sure that their content and/or profession, won’t result in a ban. This will provide the necessary foundation on which to build a consistent, profitable and secure viewership, without the fear of being removed.
One of such sites is EscortFans – a company dedicated to promoting and empowering sex workers and with over 20 years of experience in the adult industry – it is hands down the best OnlyFans alternative. This a platform which intimately understands the challenges and needs of this niche market and creates a supportive environment which allows sex workers to share their content uninhibited and lets them thrive. With one of the lowest commissions on the market (just 17.5%) and this sex-positive, inclusive approach – EscortFans is the new go-to platform for sex workers.