The BBC reported they did an investigation and found illegal explicit content (sexual acts and minors).
In May, BBC News revealed the site was failing to prevent under-18s from selling and appearing in explicit videos, despite it being illegal for children to do so. At the time, OnlyFans said attempts to use the site fraudulently were “rare”.
OnlyFans says it has now removed the videos and the documents are not manuals or “official guidance”. In a statement it says: “We do not tolerate any violation of our terms of service, and we take immediate action to uphold the safety and security of our users.”
He says he has found illegal and extreme content in videos - including bestiality involving dogs and the use of spy cams, guns, knives and drugs. Some material is not actively searched for by moderators as frequently as he believes it should be, says Christof, despite being banned under the platform’s terms of service.
On multiple occasions, he says, OnlyFans told him he over-moderated, particularly in relation to videos showing sex in public and to “third-party” content - material featuring people not registered with OnlyFans.
Christof also says that despite being banned, the advertising of sex for sale is common among low earners on the site.
Christof, and a second person who has moderated content for the site, say some creators offer competitions to meet and have sex with a fan, as a way of increasing tip payments.
One of the documents we obtained detailing moderation guidelines in 2020, states that adverts for sex are an issue for the site.
However, staff are told to moderate accounts with low user numbers “as we would and [restrict] when necessary”. With middle range accounts, they are told to warn, “but only restrict after the 3rd warning”. If one of the site’s most successful - and lucrative - creators breaks the rules, the account is dealt with by a different team.
I’d never heard of the site, before they hit the news. It look like they have a 2 class system, although the BBC report is a little prudish - they seem concerned that accounts with “illegal” content only have the content removed and are issued a warning, up to 3/5 times, instead of the account being closed on the first offence. Warnings are in line with how most sites work, somebody can overstep the line without meaning to, for example.
That said, the UK has a long issue with prudism. Whilst the US can be very prudish (Janet Jacksons wardrobe “accident”, for example or “fuzzing out” or covering breasts and pubic area in autopsy scenes in TV shows - NCIS is a great example) in public, they also have hard core porn industry. The UK is more consistent, with strict laws on cinematography (including porn). When I was younger, porn couldn’t show an erect member, it couldn’t show penetration or actual intercourse… I believe the rules have been relaxed since then, but they aren’t as free, as say, the Netherlands or Sweden, or Germany for that matter.
OnlyFans is a UK based company, so it is coming in for more scrutiny based on UK laws - no minors, no animals in sex acts etc. possibly restrictions on actual penetration(?).
That makes it a lot easier to, at least publicy, ban such activity. Otherwise they will fall foul of censorship laws and land in even hotter water.