What is OnlyFans and why did it back down on banning porn?

(Pocket-lint) – There are a handful of content-sharing platforms that help creators make money online. Patreon and OnlyFans are popular options, but OnlyFans is by far the most controversial, as it has allowed developers to upload any type of content, including porn, and lock it behind a paywall for several years.

OnlyFans has been around since 2016 and is best known for being used by sex workers, although celebrities like Cardi B and Bella Thorne have also used it at one point to generate income. Some TikTok creators also refer their followers to OnlyFans, where they promise exclusive content in exchange for money. The thing is, OnlyFans, which has amassed a base of more than 130 million, recently announced it would ban sexually explicit content in October 2021.

But it went back days later.

Here’s why and what you need to know about OnlyFans.

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What is OnlyFans?

OnlyFans is a content sharing platform based in London. Founded by Timothy Stokely, it is just a website with no official apps. Creators can use it to offer videos, photos, and even a face-to-face interview for a price. It is popular in the adult entertainment industry. The New York Times even ran a story in early 2019 claiming OnlyFans changed sex work forever, calling OnlyFans « the paywall of porn. » But for this it will not be known for long.

Why did OnlyFans try to ban porn?

The UK-based company announced on Aug. 19, 2021 that it plans to ban the posting of content featuring sexually explicit conduct, citing the need to comply with « banking partners and payout providers, » according to a statement to the media. The statement reads, « To ensure the long-term sustainability of the platform and continue to host an inclusive community of developers and fans, we need to evolve our content policies. »

Let’s not forget that the service is web only as OnlyFans has hosted X-rated content, not on mobile app platforms like iOS and Android. Axios claimed OnlyFans has had trouble finding outside investors because it allows creators to post explicit content. Maybe app stores and potential investors couldn’t get past the porn topic? If so, it’s no surprise that OnlyFans felt it needed to « clean up » to secure funding.

Remember that OnlyFans has already tested the porn ban. It recently launched OFTV, a free streaming service that doesn’t allow any sexually explicit material. Instead, it features original content from more than 100 creators. OFTV currently streams over 800 videos – from fitness to cooking – on its platform.

All in all, OnlyFans announced abruptly on August 25, 2021 Twitter it will no longer attempt to ban sexually explicit content this fall. The news follows an interview with the Financial Times in which the CEO of OnlyFans blamed the ban on problems with its banking partners. Nonetheless, the site was hit with heavy backlash — from subscribers, creators, and the media alike — with many pointing out that OnlyFans used sex workers to gain power and then sold out.

Now OnlyFans has reversed the ban. It is no longer required « due to assurances from banking partners that OnlyFans can support all genres of creators ».

Who Uses OnlyFans?

OnlyFans is used by all kinds of creators, not just sex workers. Models, musicians, actors, physical fitness experts and influencers use OnlyFans to generate additional income. You can receive money monthly directly from fans or through tips and the pay-per-view feature. Blac Chyna, for example, charges fans $20 a month to access her OnlyFans page, and rapper Rubi Rose made $100,000 on OnlyFans in two days by posting photos from her Instagram.

Actress Bella Thorne also claimed to have made more than $2 million from OnlyFans in one week.

Here is a small selection of notable people on OnlyFans:

How to join OnlyFans

Go to the OnlyFans website to create an account. You can create an account from scratch or sign in with your Twitter or Google account.

Once your account is created, you should be taken to the home page. We recommend going to the account settings page first if you want to change your username, email address, and other settings. The sidebar on the left gives you access to your profile, security and notification settings.

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Go to Profile to change your display name, set a subscription price, and more.

How does OnlyFans work?

There are five main pages: Home, Notifications, Create, Chats, and Menu.

home

On the home screen, you can see your feed – a stream of content shared by those you follow, including your close friends. You will also see suggestions for more people to follow on OnlyFans. There is a search bar at the top of the home page that you can use to find other creators and users to follow.

notifications

You can see your notifications on the Notifications page. Find out, right? This includes past interactions, likes, subscribers, tips and more

Create

Ready to share? Go to the Create Posts page to create a new post and share it with your fans. You can even add media or start a poll.

chat

If you have contacts, e.g. B. someone you subscribed to or even a fan, you can go to the chats page to send them direct messages. Self-explanatory.


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menu

The menu slides out from the right where you can see your display name, username, and number of fans and followers. You can also access your profile, bookmarks, lists, settings, maps and banking information from the menu and enable a dark mode. You can also unsubscribe.

How to make subscription money

To start earning at OnlyFans you need to add your payment information, verify your account and set your subscription price. After you’ve done all that, you can start creating posts and lock them behind your paywall.

Add payment information and verify account

Once you are logged into OnlyFans, go to the menu and select Add Bank. You must be 18 years old and verify your account. OnlyFans will ask you for your personal information such as your name, address, date of birth and identification document such as a passport or driver’s license. It also asks if you plan to post porn. U.S. originators must also complete their W-9 form (see the OnlyFans Help Hub here).

Set subscription price

To set your subscription price, go to the menu, select profile, click the edit profile button and look for subscription price and packages. There you can set an amount per month. You must add your bank account or payment information before you can set your price or accept tips.

How to Earn on Pay Per View News

There are additional tools you can use to make money on OnlyFan including pay-per-view messages or PPVs. This is content that you share with your fans via message, but they have to pay to view it! You can send PPVs to individual accounts by going to your messages, composing a message to the account, attaching your media and clicking the price tag in the bottom right to set your price.

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To send PPVs to all your fans at once, go to the Messages page and select New Message and All Subscribers. Add your message, attach your media and click the price tag icon to set your price. Click send and it will be sent to all your subscribers.

How to become a fan/subscribe to a creator

Suppose you don’t want to be a YouTuber, you want to be a fan of OnlyFans. Create your OnlyFans account and then go to the home page and search for someone to follow. Once you find them, you can tap the star icon on their profile to make them your favorites or save them to a list.

You can also see their subscription levels on their profile. Musician Cardi B, for example, charges $4.99 a month — even though she currently only has six posts locked behind a paywall. You can see when she’s online because her profile says « available now ». Her profile will also say when she was last seen. At the time of publishing this guide, it was last seen on August 9th, 2021 – just a few days ago.

This is an example of what it’s like to be a fan and subscribe to a YouTuber on OnlyFans. As we explained above, you can also PPV or tip if you don’t want a monthly subscription. Some OnlyFans creators also link to their Amazon Wishlists where you can buy items for them. Just remember that this is separate from OnlyFans and does not guarantee access to their content.

Make sense?

Note: To subscribe to a creator, first add a bank card (Menu > Add Card). If you subscribe users, OnlyFans will charge your card.

Written by Maggie Tillman.

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