The Rise of OnlyFans. The top 6 Eye-Opening things to know

History

OnlyFans’ history is interesting because it shows how technology, social media, and the changing environment of the adult entertainment business all come together. OnlyFans was started by a British businessman named Timothy Stokely in 2016, and it quickly became famous, especially among people who make adult material. In this personalised answer, I’ll talk about the most important events and turns in OnlyFans’s past.

OnlyFans was first conceived as a way for artists to make money off of their work without going through standard middlemen like companies or agencies. It had a plan where fans could pay a monthly fee to get access to exclusive material from their favourite artists. This method was liked by many different types of content makers, such as models, adult acts, exercise fans, and even singers and artists.

OnlyFans had to work hard at the beginning to prove that it was a viable site. It was often linked to adult content and thought of as a place to find dirty stuff. But as more artists joined the site and made different kinds of material available, OnlyFans started to be known and liked by more people.

In 2020, OnlyFans went through one of the most important changes in its history. People all over the world had to lock down and stay away from each other because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused many businesses and leisure places to close. This led to a big increase in online activity, and both the number of authors and users on OnlyFans went up a lot. During times of economic instability, many people looked for other ways to make money. OnlyFans gave artists a place to sell their skills and connect with their audience.

The outbreak also made people change how they felt about adult material and sex work. As more and more people turned to the internet for pleasure and socialising, the shame around adult material started to fade. OnlyFans contributed to this change because it gave artists a place where they could have more control over their work, set their own rules, and connect directly with their fans.

OnlyFans’ popularity rose to new heights in 2021 when a number of well-known celebrities and public figures joined the site. This made a lot of people talk about the platform and got people talking about the future of making money from content and the balance of power in the entertainment business. OnlyFans became a topic of conversation in the media, which brought attention to how the site could be used for more than just adult material.

But OnlyFans had a big problem when, in August 2021, it changed its rules and said it would no longer allow sexually explicit material. This move got a lot of criticism from authors and fans, who said that the platform’s success was due to its adult material. OnlyFans had to change its mind because of the reaction, and the ban was lifted within a few days. This showed how hard it is for OnlyFans to appeal to a bigger crowd while still helping its core users.

When we look into the future, we don’t know what will happen to OnlyFans. The app keeps getting better by adding new features and forming new relationships. It has also been under more scrutiny from payment companies and banking institutions, which raises questions about how well its business plan will work in the long run. OnlyFans may need to change and find ways to deal with legal issues and make sure that its makers and users are safe and healthy.

The past of OnlyFans shows how technology has the power to change businesses and challenge long-held ideas. It has given artists a way to get paid directly for their work, made it easier for people to talk about adult material in a more open way, and sparked arguments about the future of online entertainment. We don’t know if OnlyFans will continue to change and shake up the entertainment business, but its effect on it can’t be denied.

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Prevalence of OnlyFans

Tim Stokely told The West Australian in early 2019 that his company was getting 3000 new content creators every week. This was before COVID locked the whole world for the foreseeable future. Unlike the porn industry, which faced losses during the pandemic, OnlyFans saw a sharp rise in the number of registered users and content creators.

Chief Operating Officer, Thomas Stokely reported that the number of new content creators was between 7000-8000 a day by March 2020. The pandemic left many financially weak and wondering what to do to kill time.

OnlyFans started gaining widespread popularity around this time with even mainstream meme pages on Instagram starting to promote OF accounts of adult performers. Apart from the pandemic, the joining of rapper CardiB and singer Bella Thorne among other celebrities boosted the company’s growth.

Several professional adult performers also became content creators due to shooting restrictions imposed during the pandemic. Currently, it has over 170 million registered users and 1.5 million content creators making it one of the fastest-growing social media let alone adult content websites.

How OnlyFans is changing the porn industry

NCB news reported in 2015 that the porn industry collectively was worth $97 billion. This staggeringly high number might make one believe that pornstars make a fortune but the truth is far from it. The actors are paid on the basis of their popularity and the kind of sexual activities they perform.

The payment is surprisingly lower than what one might think and STD tests are usually paid for from the actors’ pockets. The money made from the videos are always bagged by the production houses, agents and other middlemen.

However, most viewers of porn don’t pay for it and videos frequently get reuploaded on tube sites. Even when actors shoot and produce their own videos, they’re subject to this risk. The recent years has seen OnlyFans making revolutionary changes in the industry.

By being a content creator, you’re making content on your own time and usually at the comfort of your home. One doesn’t have to pay their agents nor do they have to succumb to the demands of the production houses.

Several adult performers who previously worked with production houses are content with the freedom and the money they get on OF. The average top earner takes home $100,000 a month while some have disclosed making $1-2 million dollars.

Almost all of the top earners on the platform had attained celebrity status before they joined OF. Their fame ensured they brought fans who paid top dollar to watch their exclusive content, but unlike with porn websites, the money earned went directly to the performers.

This inspired many young and amateur performers to earn money from sex work without having to go to an agent. Though there is no conclusive evidence that OnlyFans is taking over porn, it is clear that there is a growing number of performers opting for the platform than the conventional method.

Apart from giving most of the money to the content creators, OF is also normalizing sex work and making it accessible for everyone.

The dark side of OnlyFans

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Many raised concerns after a 2020 BBC documentary shed light on the rising number of minors sharing their explicit content online for money and gifts. BBC reported later in 2021 that OF fails to prevent underage users from selling sexually explicit material. These claims were based on reports from the UK Police, schools and ChildLine services.

American rapper and television personality, Bhad Bhabie holds the record for earning over $1 million in the first 6 hours but the fact that she had turned 18 only a week before became a matter of concern among many.

Further, US Congress pressured the Department of Justice to investigate the company for child exploitation due to the increasing reports by law enforcement and child safety organizations. OF was also accused of enabling sex-trafficking and image abuse.

There have also been instances where content creators have been stalked and harassed by the fans. Some have reported leakage of personal information along with a constant need to make content out of their comfort zone to keep up with the competition.

Porn ban and reversal

On 19th August 2021, OnlyFans announced that they’d not allow any sexually explicit content from the 1st of October. This was initially suspected to be due to the increasing reports of minors selling themselves on the platform. However, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children reported only under 100 cases from OF whereas Twitter accounted for over 65000 and Facebook over 20 million such instances.

The decision to disallow explicit content was later reported to be due to the company’s inability to find investors; they didn’t want to associate with a company that promotes sex work. The ban got major backlashes all over the internet from users and content creators alike.

This decision was reversed within 6 days of announcement. Tim Stokely announced that it was not the investors but the banks that had concerns about the company. He singled out certain banks that didn’t want to be associated with or process money made from sex work.

PornHub went through a similar situation where MasterCard and Visa prohibited the use of their services after New York Times found images of rape and child sex abuse on their website. OnlyFans reversed the ban as Stokely’s statements raised discussions regarding the matter.

Stokely announced that OnlyFans is inclusive and does not penalize sex work. The company reinstated its policies and announced they have necessary assurances to serve their diverse creator community. All major credit cards are still accepted unlike PornHub which depends on bank transfers and cryptocurrency.

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Chandraprabhudev K

Chandraprabhudev K

Charles is a distinguished content strategist at BlockerX, known for his expertise in impact of porn addictionon youth and digital safety. His exceptional skills in storytelling enable him to create content that is both informative and engaging. As a dedicated wordsmith, he is committed to producing thought-provoking and educational material, making complex topics accessible to a broad audience. Charles's contributions are pivotal in shaping the narrative around internet safety and digital well-being.

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