OnlyOop: BBC investigation(s) likely catalyst for OnlyFans changes, expose moderation issues

Aug 19, 2021 22:44



earlier today we had a post about the drastic change in content parameters coming to OnlyFans (OF).

[tl;dr if you missed it]
once considered a major outlet for sex workers to share and be paid for their work and now a platform hosting A to D list celebs, the service announced that starting in October they would no longer host sexually explicit content (tho they would
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computers and technology, that escalated quickly

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ext_1155861 August 20 2021, 03:20:04 UTC
That’s not fair to people who make money on this site, so what are people supposed to do now?

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matsaurus August 20 2021, 03:40:30 UTC
I don't have any expertise to back anything up but because the content creators are basically freelancers (I think?), like not technically employed or contractually bound to OnlyFans, I guess the people that were posting legit & legal adult content probably have to wait through this initial wave to wipe the slate clean to please the overseers then maybe OF will start opening adult content slowly back up with a more scrutinized authorization process?

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vina_3 August 20 2021, 04:26:12 UTC
Get another job where children aren't being trafficked

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matsaurus August 20 2021, 04:47:53 UTC
A lot of the people who were appropriately posting content weren't responsible for other people who were not though, if you want to fire an individual for faults of their entire industry the entire world would be unemployed. I realize not all issues rise to the same level but there are sex workers and adult entertainers that earn a fair and legal wage that will lose out. Don't blame them, blame the criminals.

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saline_joy August 20 2021, 03:29:02 UTC
Hmm so sort of like how PornHub deleted all its unverified videos, after years of ignoring reports of child porn, revenge porn, etc., solely because MasterCard and Visa said they would stop processing transactions if they didn't

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choukoumei August 20 2021, 03:34:40 UTC
This is gross but also not surprising- they went ahead and put their bottom line in front of the safety of children. Which is unfortunately what a lot of porn sites do when they refuse to moderate their content.

Tech companies never want to actually moderate their sites so when there are nazis and predators around they can just throw their hands up and pretend like it's a problem they "couldn't do anything about" or are "looking into" just now just right as their advertisers are about to bail.

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v_is_for_violet August 20 2021, 04:01:40 UTC
You can’t have porn without exploitation of vulnerable people. That’s just the cold hard truth. The older I get the more I feel like human sexuality was never meant to be commodified or sold for the consumption of strangers. It just brings so much devastation and wounds that are hard to heal

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myhipusername August 20 2021, 04:50:39 UTC
Seriously. People might disagree with me but I wish all type of sex work, whether it’s stripping or making media content, never existed. It clearly does way more harm than ‘good’ but it’s here to stay until we re evaluate our values on a societal standard in how predators come about, what we do about them, and how to help those who become victims. I used to be big supporter of sex work, bc I believed liberation = choice but our reality is not that black and white unfortunately. Institutions and systems are in place that don’t allow that to happen for us to just say “I’m in control!”

Editing to say that of course my feelings on this can change and learning is all about communication so!

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slinkydinks August 20 2021, 05:59:00 UTC
Sex work is as old as civilization. Like with anything, banning it just creates an unsafer black market. And people who were already disenfranchised like trans poc and oftentimes reliant on sex work wind up getting punished rather than just the johns. Establishing a well-regulated, legitimized means of sex work would seem to be the best option between "no sex work at all" or "laissez faire." In my mind, it doesn't have to be all-or-nothing, and if anything, either ends of the binary aren't real solutions.

Is sex work inherently exploitative? Yes, and I do think if we had better social safety nets, people wouldn't need to turn to sex work (I mean, unless that's what they really wanted to do and didn't need to, I guess). But in terms of the energy and political will/public support required, I would think creating a legalized sex work outlet--especially in the name of preventing exploitation of minors--would be more feasible than creating that giant all-encompassing social safety net.

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myhipusername August 20 2021, 06:12:56 UTC
Yes!! Same with drugs or guns. Banning it won’t make it go away, just makes it go more underground. It’s absolutely backwards that the sex worker ends up getting criminal charges and not the johns buying from them. The part makes me most worried is how victims of violence won’t bother to come forward in fear of getting in trouble themselves. We need sex work to be taken more seriously bc these individuals deserve their basic rights and protection but as they are considered deviant in our society we push them off the to side and pretend they don’t exist. Disturbing to the bone

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sluttyroyals August 20 2021, 05:03:18 UTC
Really doubling down on all the tumblr comparisons.

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