Some sex workers were in disbelief following the company’s sudden about-face. Just days earlier, OnlyFans had emailed creators with a link to its new acceptable use policy detailing more specifics about the planned sexually explicit conduct ban and informing creators that “existing content that does not meet the standards of the new policy will need to be removed before December 1, 2021.”
“I feel like the right to work has been given back to me even after it was kind of teased to be taken away from me,” said one creator, who goes by the name of Maya Morena and who joined OnlyFans about four years ago. “The feeling is just bizarre.”
Morena previously told CNN Business she was able to transition away from doing full-service sex work — meeting clients in person — and rely on her earnings from OnlyFans to support her. She said she planned to eventually leave the industry but didn’t intend to this soon, noting that she’s enrolled in college and has rent to pay.
“I’ve lost so many platforms that I just didn’t think we would win,” ella dijo. Morena previously used services such as Backpage.com, the classified ads website that was shut down in 2018; Craigslist, which shut down its personals section that same year; and Tumblr, which banned pornography at the end of that year.
“I would like something more permanent in the future, a guarantee that I can’t be put at risk to have my rights taken from me,” ella dijo.