'Without OnlyFans we would be homeless' content creators talk about the porn ban
Yesterday, subscription site OnlyFans stunned the world by revealing it would ditch the thing it’s famous for: sexually explicit videos and photography.
The porn ban is said to be starting on October 1.
Creators will still be able to post certain nude photos and videos if they are in line with a new, updated terms of service.
The company’s apparent decision to ban sexually explicit content comes after pressure from banking partners to enact better safeguarding measures.
MasterCard and Visa have also been pressuring partner porn sites to verify the age and consent of people on their sites.
OnlyFans has become a home for pornographic content as it allows creators to charge subscribers for access to content.
An investigation by the BBC in May questioned the safety of the platform, after it uncovered evidence of under-18s posting illegal, pornographic content.
However, Lynn based Daniella Tunmore, one of the site's top earners, says that she would be "homeless if they changed the regulations."
She said: "This is my main income and also my house-mate's income.And we live in a big house and we need to pay rent. We can't just find another platform.
"I can't do another job or a normal job because I'm disabled."
Miss Tunmore showed the Lynn News alerts from her account after she enquired about the upcoming content ban.
The messages from OnlyFans support said: "We kindly ask you not to believe untrustworthy sources of information. There have not been any changes in our acceptable use policy.
"We do not plan to move away from adult content and would have informed you upfront if that would have happened.
"The information has not been published by OnlyFans. We will make an official announcement if there are any changes."
Miss Tunmore, said: "I started at 7th Heaven in Lynn when I was 18, worked in strip clubs all over the world from Northhampton to Mexico"
"I'm going to be managing my own strip club soon, however on OnlyFans I can earn a lot of money very fast.
"One night at the strip club is a different type of earning from doing OnlyFans online."
Many content creators have turned to the site, including media personality and singer Kerry Katona who claims to be "a millionaire again."
However some have a different view on the potential ban.
CARE a religious group based in the UK have "cautiously welcomed" the regulation change.
Lauren Agnew, Human Trafficking Officer at CARE, said:
“We cautiously welcome this announcement by OnlyFans. Current rules provide bad actors with a legal means of extorting money from women.
"Vulnerable users are at risk of falling victim to human traffickers seeking to groom and exploit them.
"A curb of sexually explicit content could reduce the likelihood of exploitation by making explicit and pornographic content unprofitable. We await further detail from OnlyFans on the substance of new rules.”
In June, polling commissioned by CARE found that eight in ten UK adults want the Government to implement age verification controls for access to online pornography. The same proportion of respondents thought there should be an age limit of 18 for access to pornography sites.
For content creators like Miss Tunmore, the site has been a platform for success and a "confidence booster" and in some cases it's the sole source of income into a household.
The Lynn News spoke to a Downham mum earlier this year who used OnlyFans "to keep food on the table."
Many have turned to the site after being made redundant and even celebrities like rapper Cardi B and Chris Brown have joined.