Earlier in the present day, OnlyFans surprised the world by revealing it might ditch the factor it’s well-known for: sexually specific movies and images. Sure, OnlyFans is banning porn, beginning October 1st. However at the very least one publication wasn’t utterly shocked by the choice — as a result of it got here in the course of a BBC investigation into how the video sharing website was knowingly letting creators slide regardless of publishing unlawful content material on the web.

As an alternative of banning an account or sounding the alarm, the corporate explicitly recommends in a “compliance manual” that moderators ought to first challenge a sequence of three warnings about why every bit of content material has been eliminated. Until it’s a profitable creator, in fact, through which case “accounts with higher numbers of subscribers can be given additional warnings when rules are broken,” the BBC writes.

Oh, and the location’s most profitable creators? These are dealt with by a unique group, in response to the BBC.

Whereas OnlyFans informed the BBC that the leaked “compliance manuals” it obtained will not be “official guidance,” the information group is fast to level out that one among them has the corporate’s chief working officer listed as making edits to the doc.

The BBC’s investigation doesn’t finish there: it additionally scoured the location for unlawful content material, watched movies about exploiting homeless individuals, spoke to a few of OnlyFans’ moderators itself, quoted a US Homeland Safety agent about what number of youngster abuse photos originate there, and examined to see if OnlyFans would discover if it arrange accounts promoting themselves as younger youngsters with photographs on the market. (OnlyFans didn’t, till the BBC pointed it out.)

You possibly can read the full story here. It’s damning, and so it wouldn’t wholly be stunning if OnlyFans’ sudden pivot to safe-for-work imagery might need one thing to do with the extraordinary quantity of scrutiny the corporate noticed imminently headed its manner. It’s additionally value noting the corporate just today rushed out its first transparency report, which — whereas claiming “we invest heavily in fighting child sexual exploitation online” — pairs that declare with extremely few particulars, and just for the month of July 2021. In July, it contributed a single CSAM hash to the Nationwide Middle for Lacking and Exploited Youngsters’s database, and deactivated a grand complete of 15 accounts for alleged CSAM exercise.

Onlyfans didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

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