On Thursday, OnlyFans announced that it would ban sexually explicit content from October 1st. People online were shocked as the platform, which has gathered more than 130 million users, is primarily known for its adult-oriented content.
In a statement shared to Twitter by Axios editor Dan Primack, the company said it would “ban the publication of content that contains sexually explicit behavior” as a way to “ensure the long – term sustainability of the platform and continue to host an inclusive community of creators and fans …”
However, nudity will still be allowed on the platform as long as it remains in accordance with the platform’s “Acceptable Use Policy”.
The changes, the company said, are being made at the request of its banking partners and payout providers.
In response to the news, OnlyFans began to trend Twitter late Thursday afternoon, and Internet users flooded the Internet with memes about what they believe is the inevitable downfall of the hugely successful subscription-based platform.
Of course, many took the opportunity to make the obvious joke that OnlyFans would soon be bought out by a company that sells fans.
“I give OnlyFans porn-free a year before they are bought for $ 1 by a company that sells ceiling fans,” tweeted author Matt Baume.
Actor Daniel Newman tweeted “ONLYFANS 2022” along with a picture of a bunch of oscillating fans.
Podcast host Madison Malone Kircher tweeted that she thought the platform would be a fan store from October 1st.
Many made comparisons with the popular blog site Tumblr’s ban on pornographic content in 2019. In January 2021, It informs The Independent that the site lost a fifth of its users in response to the ban, which many believed was an attack on “sex-positive, LGBT and NSFW art communities.”
Twitter user Matt tweeted: “tumblr and only fans hanging out after they both banned porn”, along with a photo of two tombstones.
Similarly, another Twitter user tweeted a popular meme format with two people’s arm wrestling, saying the platforms ’decision to ban pornographic content meant both had dug their own grave.
Editor Jeffrey Zhang agreed with the mood and posted a photo of two chests with the caption: “This is the annual Tumblr / OnlyFans meeting.”
It’s no secret that many users live off the platform. So some users shared memes that the creators should now find other jobs.
“Only fans content creators after October 1st,” a user tweeted with a video of someone collecting burgers at a fast-food restaurant.
“Hey, I remember you!” tweeted a user. “I used to subscribe to your OnlyFans.” The photo attached is of a sad Squidward wearing a McDonald’s visor and headset.
Twitter user @_Tyreeck_shared the infamous clip of Paul Rudd on “Hot Ones” where he says “Hey, look at us.” When the host asks him “Who would have thought,” Rudd replies, “Not me.”
Along with the clip, the user tweeted: “Top 1% OnlyFans creators link to Job Center.”
It is unclear what the future will bring for the platform, but it is clear that many online believe that the new ban on content will cause OnlyFans to fail.
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