UPDATE- OnlyFans reverses decision to ban porn
The subscriber-only website had announced the ban on pornographic content last week after Mastercard updated its policy, requiring porn sites to sites provide “clear, unambiguous and documented consent” and to verify the age and identity of content uploaders and anyone depicted in videos and pictures – which OnlyFans was unable to do.
OnlyFans has reportedly hosted and profited from filmed child sexual abuse, incest, bestiality and sex trafficking. A BBC investigation last week also revealed OnlyFans allows moderators to give multiple warnings to accounts that post illegal content and that staff are encouraged to be more lenient towards successful accounts.
In May 2020, we signed a joint letter calling on credit cards to cease processing payments to pornography websites. This led to a high level briefing with Mastercard execs which we were part of.
We commend Mastercard for exercising corporate social responsibility to uphold the rights of women and girls. We will continue to call out OnlyFans for its unethical behaviour.
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Announcement follows MasterCard refusal to process OF payments
Subscriber-only website OnlyFans has announced that starting from October, it will no longer host pornographic content.
The move comes as Mastercard has updated its requirements for banks processing payments for sellers of pornographic content, which now requires porn sites provide “clear, unambiguous and documented consent” and to verify the age and identity of content uploaders and anyone depicted in videos and pictures. Clearly, OnlyFans can’t do this.
In May, BBC documented children selling and appearing in pornographic content on OnlyFans, including one girl who was 13.
MasterCard now requires porn sites provide “clear, unambiguous and documented consent” and verify age & identity of uploaders and anyone depicted in videos and pics - that OnlyFans can’t do this tells us everything. https://t.co/pRPH9lsYEZ— Caitlin Roper (@caitlin_roper) August 20, 2021
In May 2020, we signed a joint letter calling on credit cards to cease processing payments to pornography websites. That letter led to many communications with major credit cards, Mastercard and Visa.
Movement Director Melinda Tankard Reist was part of a global briefing of Mastercard executives in February alongside our US partners. She shared her research on the harms of these industries to women and girls.
OnlyFans majority-owner Leonid Radvinsky is the founder and longtime owner of livestreaming hardcore porn site, MyFreeCams. Radvinsky has a history of connection to sexploitative activities. As official sponsor of Sexpo - the peak event of the sex and porn industries - MyFreeCams advertised its website to children on the sides of school buses. Read about our past campaigns against Sexpo here and here.