Popular adult content subscription service OnlyFans announced on Wednesday that it has suspended plans to prohibit sexually explicit content following a widespread backlash by its users.
OnlyFans had announced plans last week to block sexually explicit photos and videos starting October 1st citing pressure from its banking partners.
It was tweeted on Wednesday that OnlyFans has "suspended the planned 1 October policy change".
The company wrote on Twitter that it would "continue to provide a home for all creators".
“Thank you to everyone for making your voices heard. We have secured assurances necessary to support our diverse creator community and have suspended the planned October 1 policy change.”
“OnlyFans stands for inclusion and we will continue to provide a home for all creators,” the firm added. “An official communication to creators will be emailed shortly.”
Thank you to everyone for making your voices heard.— OnlyFans (@OnlyFans) August 25, 2021
We have secured assurances necessary to support our diverse creator community and have suspended the planned October 1 policy change.
OnlyFans stands for inclusion and we will continue to provide a home for all creators.
The company added it would be emailing content creators with further information shortly.
An official communication to creators will be emailed shortly.— OnlyFans (@OnlyFans) August 25, 2021
One OnlyFans creator, from London, welcomed the announcement but said those who had already found new homes for their content may still not return.
"So it is short-term good news for sex workers reliant on the platform - and I would like to see this as the start of increased support, celebration, and championing of sex-worker rights by OnlyFans," he told BBC News.
"But I think there may well have been enough anxiety caused to see many models continuing the move to other platforms."
OnlyFans has attempted to rebrand itself as a platform for all types of creators recently, claiming it is used by everyone from chefs to musicians. Celebrities like Cardi B and Bella Thorne have even joined as creators. Still, porn is by far the most popular category on the site.
OnlyFans makes its money by taking 20% of all payments made to its content creators. The platform reported a 75% increase in new creators in May last year, during lockdown
OnlyFans CEO and founder Tim Stokely claimed in an interview with the Financial Times this week the firm was forced to ban such content after “unfair” treatment from banks.