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OnlyFans has suspended plans to ban pornography

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OnlyFans said on Wednesday that it has “suspended” all plans it had to ban pornography, in a stunning twist that came after the violent reaction of its users. A spokesperson for the online subscription platform said the proposed changes would no longer be necessary “due to assurances from banking partners that OnlyFans can support.

The London-based company last week announced plans to ban pornography from Oct. 1, citing ongoing pressure from its banking partners. “Thank you everyone for making your voices heard,” said OnlyFans in a tweet on Wednesday.

“We’ve secured the necessary guarantees to support our diverse breeder community and will suspend the policy change planned for October 1st.”

OnlyFans’ decision to block sexually explicit publications quickly attracted condemnation from the sex workers, who were largely responsible for the platform’s success. The site allows adult artists to sell their content for a subscription fee.

Founded in 2016, OnlyFans has quickly become a social media powerhouse thanks to its freer approach to adult content. With over 130 million users and 2 million content creators, OnlyFans earned $150 million.

OnlyFans CEO and founder Tim Stokely said in an interview with the Financial Times this week that the company was forced to do so after “unfair” treatment by the banks. The payment network is set to bring the toughest rules to adult content creators from October 1st, the same day OnlyFans planned to ban adult content.

Stokely said the company was already “in full compliance” with the new Mastercard rules and that they “had no influence” on the policy change. “They made that decision themselves,” said a Mastercard spokesman.

OnlyFans has tried to recast itself as a platform for all types of creators recently, claiming it is used by everyone from bosses to musicians, however pornography is by far the most popular category on OnlyFans.

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