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    Default Sexworkers Say OnlyFans Is Kicking Them Off The Platform

    Excerpts from a Rolling Stone article about OnlyFans deleting accounts. You can read the full article here:

    https://www.rollingstone.com/culture...eators-999881/

    Sex Workers Built OnlyFans. Now They Say They’re Getting Kicked Off
    As the site’s popularity booms during our current health crisis, some worry their NSFW content will be purged

    By EJ DICKSON

    Last March, Allie Awesome, an adult-content creator, woke up one Sunday morning to check her DMs on OnlyFans, only to realize she couldn’t log into her account. Launched in 2016, OnlyFans is a social network that allows creators to monetize their content by selling directly to their fans for the cost of a monthly subscription. Awesome, who joined the platform last year, says it constitutes about a quarter of her revenue. When she couldn’t log in, “I knew something was up,” she says.

    Awesome emailed customer support, only to be told her account had been deactivated due to evidence of a chargeback, a term used to describe a customer calling their credit card company to report a fraudulent charge after a purchase. “I was like ‘something is weird here,’ so I kept emailing them,” she says. “They were telling me it was permanently deactivated, there was nothing they could do, and my customers were being refunded,” which would’ve taken funds directly out of her balance (though her customers said they were ultimately not refunded).


    Her account was eventually reactivated. But can you imagine going through that?


    For its part, OnlyFans said in a statement that it “would never deactivate accounts without due cause. In most cases, creators who violate our terms have their account restricted or suspended pending investigation and remedial action. In serious cases of fraud, for example, we deactivate accounts,” the platform said. It also reasserted its commitment to allowing NSFW content: “Without question, OnlyFans is one of the most inclusive social platforms, and our progressive policies towards content creation enables the success of adult content creators without discrimination. That is not going to change.” Yet some sex workers believe that OnlyFans has long tried to market itself as a more mainstream option for influencers, despite adult-content creators comprising much of the site’s user base. “In their advertising, they focus on chefs, for example, or yoga instructors,” says Awesome. “They never have, say, a porn star.”

    “The reality of the situation is SESTA/FOSTA makes it a very serious crime for the owners of OnlyFans to be involved if any performers are using their accounts to accept funds for their escorting work,” Evans says. But this constitutes only a small percentage of the more than 100 performers she estimates have approached her within the past year or so after losing their accounts: “The problem is that when other performers complain [about losing their accounts], they aren’t taken seriously,” she says.

    All told, Rolling Stone spoke with half a dozen sex workers who said their accounts had been deactivated or deleted for violating OnlyFans user guidelines. One of them, Railey Boo, says she noticed something was wrong when she discovered that money had disappeared from her account. After being unable to log in, she received a message saying her account had been deleted for suspected fraudulent activity. “I never did anything wrong … never talked about my Snapchat, doing meetups, or other restricted stuff,” she tells Rolling Stone. When she pressed OnlyFans for the reason why her account had been deleted, she says the platform did not respond. All told, she says, she lost $1,200 in the balance on her account, which she’s been unable to recover.

    Another sex worker, Noelle Flayer, says she was recently locked out of her account while waiting for $200 to process. “I was given no prior warning that I would no longer be able to access my account, nor any indication that I had broken any rules to warrant deletion,” she says. She contacted tech support and received an automated message saying they would investigate the matter further. She has not yet heard back. “I am a stripper who has had to turn to OnlyFans for income during this time,” she says. “So it’s especially frustrating to have my income taken away by a website that has built its notoriety on sex workers’ platforms.” (OnlyFans said in an email that Flayer’s account was reinstated.)

    Katharina Amara, a dominatrix, says she received a message in March that her account had been suspended for violating its guidelines prohibiting extreme content, such as depictions of “bruises, blood, scat, fisting, etc.” The clip in question showed her using an electric stimulator on a naked submissive and did not feature any of the above described content. Though her account was reopened in May, she lost all of her subscribers. “I had to start from zero again,” she says.

    In recent weeks, the issue of sex workers complaining about being removed from OnlyFans has received increased attention on social media, thanks in part to a viral tweet from Mistress Mia, a financial dominatrix who says she first heard about the account deactivations from a sex worker on Facebook. “It was deeply concerning to me that people were getting their money taken from them, especially in the midst of a pandemic,” she says. “This is the worst time that people could be put at risk with their incomes being taken from them.” To hear her tell it, the loss of funds is not as concerning as the general impact the loss of an OnlyFans account could have on a performer’s brand. “All your content that you’ve worked hard to create over the years would be completely erased, and a lot of people don’t have their content backed up,” she says.


    I don't think OnlyFans is trying to kick people off to go mainstream, but I've had experiences with them that left a really bad taste in my mouth. Make sure all of your stuff is always backed up. Even if you don't want to build a website at least buy a domain name. Use THAT url for marketing. If something goes wrong you can always point the domain somewhere else.
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    Default Re: Sexworkers Say OnlyFans Is Kicking Them Off The Platform

    Im finding OF a really profitable site and I've been on it less than a month - I do think eventually something will happen and it'll go south - very good reason to not put all eggs in one basket etc (Im also personally very strictly following the rules as it feels like theyll use any excuse, so things like offering skype shows Im not doing etc)

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    Sucks I’ve thought about doing work there. Guess not. I’ll stick to adult sites to sell my adult work. They pretend to be innocent, but if sex workers boycotted their platform they would be begging for us back.
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    Default Re: Sexworkers Say OnlyFans Is Kicking Them Off The Platform

    OnlyFans is now owned by MyFreeCams. Not exactly a company who is against adult content.

    In sorting through all the information seems to me two things are happening here - some have been trying to launder their escort money through OnlyFans. Not cool to put us all at risk like that.

    Other hosts have had accounts suspended with no fault of their own, just an error by OnlyFans staff (and have later had accounts fully reinstated). Seems they need to hire more staff, which is understandable since the site literally exploded in the past few years. I've seen slight improvement in response times when I've had to contact them.

    Always good to diversify your income, but I think it's a mistake to overlook OnlyFans since it can be so profitable and also since MyFreeCams bought it, it will likely be around for a long while.



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    Quote Originally Posted by laurielegs View Post
    OnlyFans is now owned by MyFreeCams. Not exactly a company who is against adult content.

    In sorting through all the information seems to me two things are happening here - some have been trying to launder their escort money through OnlyFans. Not cool to put us all at risk like that.

    Other hosts have had accounts suspended with no fault of their own, just an error by OnlyFans staff (and have later had accounts fully reinstated). Seems they need to hire more staff, which is understandable since the site literally exploded in the past few years. I've seen slight improvement in response times when I've had to contact them.

    Always good to diversify your income, but I think it's a mistake to overlook OnlyFans since it can be so profitable and also since MyFreeCams bought it, it will likely be around for a long while.
    100% pinch of salt here as I've not checked but Im hearing AVN's site is the same people to now

    I do think OF rules are very vague - like with skype I've seen others told it's fine, I was told it's not - that sort of confusion could lead to rule breaking & accounts suspended to I imagine

    personally just gonna be over cautious with it

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    Quote Originally Posted by PixiieGirl View Post
    100% pinch of salt here as I've not checked but Im hearing AVN's site is the same people to now

    I do think OF rules are very vague - like with skype I've seen others told it's fine, I was told it's not - that sort of confusion could lead to rule breaking & accounts suspended to I imagine

    personally just gonna be over cautious with it

    I am hearing/reading the same re AVN and OF being owned by the same people, but I can't verify this with anything. Anyone know if this is this a rumour, or potentially true?

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    Default Re: Sexworkers Say OnlyFans Is Kicking Them Off The Platform

    Ain’t this what cam ladies have said before - how these platforms use adult entertainers to build the traffic then once the traffic is there they kick them off the platform.

    I wouldn’t trust it because I’ve seen dudes post about how they h*ck it to get free subscriptions

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    I read about this on another forum. From what was posted in that thread it seemed like OF was closing accounts that they suspected were escorts trying to meet up with clients. It also wouldn't surprised me if they were also closing accounts due to wanting to get adult entertainers off of their platform. Now that they have blown up so much they may try to switch their platform to be more vanilla/mainstream.

    I want to do OF but I'm extremely burnt out from; doing memberships (I'm also not a big fan of them due pirating), interacting with people, constantly needing to buy new outfits and dress up, being in front of the camera/being the face of content, creating content and this industry in general. There are also somethings that bother me about their platform. However I realize that alot of people are able to get rich or at the very least raise their income because they jump on trends at the right time (.com boom, web design/developer boom, tech boom, Youtube boom, social influencer boom, etc). I don't want to miss out on yet again another boom. I see everyone from camgirls to IG Models to reality tv ppl making bank off of OF. I also get why people are so easily able to bank. Their UI/UX makes it so easy for anyone with a product to make money. It doesn't matter what someone sells a person is bound to make money due to how interactive the site is and how easy the layout and features are for customers. I need to rebrand or something because regardless of the product/genre I know that I'm leaving a ton of money on the table.

    Anyways one of the things that bothers me about OF is the fact that they're able to get away with selling adult content on such a well known/vanilla/mainstream platform. I've always wonder how they're legally able to get away with allowing and indirectly selling adult content??? Even before Fosta Visa,Mastercard, etc were quick to pull banking from adult payment processing. There are very few adult payment processor at this point and it seems like its dam near impossible to get a merchant account even if one checks all of the bells. With all of the camsites, e-wallets, payment processors that have shut down through the years and stole money I worry about that happening with OF due to the fact that there's such a gray area with how they're legally able to run their business the way that they are. Has anyone figured out how they are legally able to sell adult content (I don't even recall seeing any type of age verification)? The other things that bother me is the fact that; they refund customers and then close models accounts so easily (making it so that the model is completely assed out and the customer not only gets their money back but they also get free content), people can hack their platform so easily and people pirate the content so quickly and easily.
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    Default Re: Sexworkers Say OnlyFans Is Kicking Them Off The Platform

    It's definitely a site for grabbing tons of content and uploading it elsewhere due to people selling tons of content for one low subscription price. They buy the subscription, download everything then unsubscribe. I just refuse to do any type of subscription selling which is why I do the free Onlyfans, only upload teasers and lock all my content behind a paywall (same prices as I sell on clips4sale).

    Still possible to have someone pirate stuff but I feel it's less likely that way.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CatBBW View Post
    I am hearing/reading the same re AVN and OF being owned by the same people, but I can't verify this with anything. Anyone know if this is this a rumour, or potentially true?
    MyFreeCams has bought AVN? Strange...

    I really hope not. We need options in case one goes under. If everything is owned by one site that gives them way too much power.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Blovely View Post
    I read about this on another forum. From what was posted in that thread it seemed like OF was closing accounts that they suspected were escorts trying to meet up with clients. It also wouldn't surprised me if they were also closing accounts due to wanting to get adult entertainers off of their platform. Now that they have blown up so much they may try to switch their platform to be more vanilla/mainstream.

    I want to do OF but I'm extremely burnt out from; doing memberships (I'm also not a big fan of them due pirating), interacting with people, constantly needing to buy new outfits and dress up, being in front of the camera/being the face of content, creating content and this industry in general. There are also somethings that bother me about their platform. However I realize that alot of people are able to get rich or at the very least raise their income because they jump on trends at the right time (.com boom, web design/developer boom, tech boom, Youtube boom, social influencer boom, etc). I don't want to miss out on yet again another boom. I see everyone from camgirls to IG Models to reality tv ppl making bank off of OF. I also get why people are so easily able to bank. Their UI/UX makes it so easy for anyone with a product to make money. It doesn't matter what someone sells a person is bound to make money due to how interactive the site is and how easy the layout and features are for customers. I need to rebrand or something because regardless of the product/genre I know that I'm leaving a ton of money on the table.

    Anyways one of the things that bothers me about OF is the fact that they're able to get away with selling adult content on such a well known/vanilla/mainstream platform. I've always wonder how they're legally able to get away with allowing and indirectly selling adult content??? Even before Fosta Visa,Mastercard, etc were quick to pull banking from adult payment processing. There are very few adult payment processor at this point and it seems like its dam near impossible to get a merchant account even if one checks all of the bells. With all of the camsites, e-wallets, payment processors that have shut down through the years and stole money I worry about that happening with OF due to the fact that there's such a gray area with how they're legally able to run their business the way that they are. Has anyone figured out how they are legally able to sell adult content (I don't even recall seeing any type of age verification)? The other things that bother me is the fact that; they refund customers and then close models accounts so easily (making it so that the model is completely assed out and the customer not only gets their money back but they also get free content), people can hack their platform so easily and people pirate the content so quickly and easily.
    tbh Im not too worried about the pirating - I have a free page and all nudity has to be behind a pay wall - all they get on my feed for free/low price is selfies & underwear photos - stuff I'd post to twitter anyway

    I thought OF was always an adult site tbh and just use the same adult processor all sites use? I do hate the refund thing tho - they dont cover chargebacks either which is always a worry.

    re: AVN and OF and MFC - I read somewhere that MFC dont outright own it but own a lot of shares? its all a bit confusing tbh lol

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    I have looked into starting an OF account, and I've decided to go for it. I am going to do foot fetish stuff and create foot videos and pictures. I will not be showing my face, only filming from the neck down. I honestly don't think Only Fans will go away or become "vanilla" anytime soon. Adult content creators have been using the site for a few years now, and they have made it what it is today. All the fame and money that the site has gotten is because of adult workers. As long as they stick to just making porn, and don't do anything stupid like meeting customers in person for escorting...it is fine. If anything, OF should have a disclaimer for adult content creators that arranging to meet subscribers is person is strictly prohibited and could get their account deleted. But I honestly don't think the site would ever ban adult content when it is such a big money maker!

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