(ReliableNews.org) – OnlyFans is a social media platform where people can earn money through page subscriptions. But some people were using it to publish nude, sexually explicit content. One Republican lawmaker set out to change that, and now he’s won the battle.
On August 19, OnlyFans announced a pornography ban on its platform effective October 1. The news came as a shock to creators, some of whom make upwards of $1 million on the 18+ only platform. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-TX) celebrated the victory.
It’s a positive development when women and children are protected. Glad to see @OnlyFans move to ban illicit content.
Earlier this year I initiated the pressure for an investigation: https://t.co/362If71MMM
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) August 19, 2021
OnlyFans said it was banning the content at the request of its banking providers. The company claimed it was a necessary step toward ensuring the “long-term sustainability of the platform.” The company hasn’t released details on how it plans to police its platform yet.
In April, Gosar asked Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate the platform. He believes the UK-based company might be violating the Mann Act, a law prohibiting the transportation of people for the purpose of prostitution. Gosar alleged the social media site seems “to facilitate and even encourage interstate travel.” The congressman didn’t provide proof of his allegations, at least not publicly. It’s unclear if he gave Merrick’s office evidence to support his request.
The DOJ has not announced a probe into the platform.
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