After huge lockdown profits from graphic content, the OnlyFans network realises that it costs to go legit

When the paid social network OnlyFans announced on Thursday it was banning “sexually explicit” material, it was the equivalent of Playboy in its pomp deciding to publish only the articles. It’s not that some of the articles weren’t quite good, but they were obviously never the point. In the same way, while you can find plenty of stuff on OnlyFans that isn’t porn – training tips from athletes and DJs supplying “inspirational content” – everyone knows that isn’t the reason most people go to the site.

All the same, OnlyFans prefers to draw a tactful veil over its adventures in the flesh trade. In the dust-dry words of its mission statement, it positions itself as a “social platform revolutionizing creator and fan connections”, which “allows [creators] to monetize their content while developing authentic relationships with their fanbase”. Or, in less corporate language, it lets your followers pay you for whatever you do. Users can set a monthly subscription, charge for individual posts or produce bespoke videos and pictures on request.

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