If you thought the left would celebrate a major social media platform making a pivot away from porn to ‘go legit’ in the MeToo era, you really haven’t been paying attention.
If you spend any time at all online or reading the news, you will have encountered the name ‘Only Fans’. It developed a level of infamy as being a self-publishing venue in which (for the most part) young women could fleece men of their money.
Just this week, for example, we saw headlines like this one. “Nurse Quit Her Job To Work For OnlyFans, And Now Earns $200K Per Month”
What does she do to get $200k per month? Short answer: the article describes her videos as ‘very NSFW (not safe for work)’.
It became something of a cliche for pretty girls with zero discernable marketable skills calling strangers to support them on Onlyfans. Even Onlyfans recognized their brand had been pigeon-holed as an explicit material, as evidenced by a string of ads where a jealous wife/girlfriend filmed herself ‘catching’ her guy on Onlyfans, only to learn he was using it to watch a business ‘how-to’ video or whatever it was.
The same week that nurse’s story came out, so did an announcement from the platform she was using to cash in. As of October, they are changing their policy and will no longer support certain explicit content.
The updated Acceptable Use Policy, which will go into effect on October 1, was sent to some content creators on Friday. A bullet-pointed list of prohibited content included masturbation and sex – both simulated and actual. It also included “any exhibition of the anus or genitals of any person which is extreme or offensive.”
Content already on the site that would violate the new policy must be removed by December 1, the policy said.
“In order to ensure the long-term sustainability of our platform, and to continue to host an inclusive community of creators and fans, we must evolve our content guidelines,” the company said in a statement on Thursday, telling Insider it would update its policy within a few days. –Yahoo
That policy doesn’t seem to exclude anything salacious above the waist, but it does pump the brakes on their racier content.
This will undoubtedly cost people who can’t adapt to the pivot a lot of easy money.
Cue the cries of ‘but the sex workers…’
Why would a hugely successful company blow up its own business like that? Because it doesn’t have much choice, basically. OnlyFans hasn’t developed a sudden puritanical streak – it’s bowing to pressure from payment processors. Companies in certain “high-risk industries” (porn, gambling, marijuana, etc) have always had problems getting banks and credit card companies to work with them but it’s about to get a lot harder for companies in the adult industry to start collecting payments thanks to new restrictions that Mastercard is implementing; other payment processors are expected to follow Mastercard’s example.
These new restrictions, it should be said, sound commendable in theory. Mastercard wants to ensure it’s not associated with sex trafficking, revenge porn or child exploitation – so it’s demanding adult sites demonstrate “clear, unambiguous and documented consent” for content on their platforms. Sensible, right? Except it would appear that OnlyFans believes that fully complying with these regulations will be near impossible and is choosing a blanket ban instead. That means a lot of sex workers are going to be pushed from a safe space where they can be their own boss to exploitative studios or the street.
“For people who made a living off studio porn previously, the move to OnlyFans has meant significantly more control over safety, partner choice and representation – particularly important for performers of color and trans people,” an assistant professor in gender and sexuality studies told the Guardian. “This decision will move control and profit back into producers’ hands.” —Guardian
The headline of that article invoked ‘Gilead’ — as in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. Of course.
If these folks on the left were morally consistent, they would look at the carbon footprint of online porn and be raging against people who prop up the porn industry with the same energy they use to rage against the oil industry.
This report came before COVID.
The Shift Project, a nonprofit think tank that advocates for reduced dependency on carbon-based energy, wrote in a July 2019 report that the production and use of digital technologies account for 4% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Online videos contribute 1% of of global emissions, generating over 300 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents per year – that’s about what the entire country of Spain produces in emissions annually. Greenhouse gases can contribute to climate change.
All data traffic accounts for 55% of digital technology’s annual energy consumption and increases at more than 25% a year. … pornography (27%)… —BrittanicaProCon
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