Few industries have felt the same pushback as SexTech. It seems that no matter how valuable, unique, or innovative a product or service is—involving SexTech in the equation inspires prudes to throw up roadblocks. The SexTech industry is resilient and made up of passionate designers, creatives, marketers, and others who simply aren’t willing to take No for an answer. That has led to some fun an...
The Coronavirus has been financially devastating for industries across the board. While some businesses receive government help, and taxpayers may be eligible for extended unemployment or stimulus checks—sex workers are left out of the conversation. For them, sites like OnlyFans are critical when it comes to earning a living, given that clubs, brothels, and filmmaking have all screeched to a halt.
SexTech Guide explains that now, OnlyFans seems to be turning its back on the people who helped the company flourish. Adult content creators have claimed en masse that their accounts have been deactivated without cause. Subscribers are being refunded, but performers are losing out on the money they earned.
Some worry that the site is following in the footsteps of Tumblr, who in 2018 banned all NSFW materials from their site. Facebook and Instagram are already notorious for banning even adult-adjacent content.
OnlyFans had been viewed as a beacon of hope to adult performers. The site allowed them to keep 80% of the sales they generated, plus opportunities for tips and pay-per-view content. As of May 2020, OnlyFans saw 200,000 new subscribers and thousands of new creators every day.
When pressed, OnlyFans claims that accounts are only deleted for due cause, such as violating TOS or committing fraud. That’s a refrain the SexTech community has heard before, as there’s long-standing evidence that sex-related content is often taken down without reason. This leaves SWs and SexTech companies vulnerable to loss of income—or even losing an entire fan base when an account is suddenly suspended.
One can easily argue that it’s sex workers and adult content that has made OnlyFans the booming business it is today. Why now tarnish relationship that by making the very people who built the fan base feel unwelcome, unappreciated, and uninvited to share in the company’s success?