Popularity of video platform’s ‘red light’ or ‘no red light’ user groups declines as users are subjected to trolling, says CEO of sexual minority website
Any announcement from a very well-funded digital platform that it is shutting down an individual community of users should be taken with a pinch of salt. OnlyFans, a video platform that also runs its own users’ news website called StraightOutloud, did not take such caution when it announced its most recent plan to “put the kibosh” on sexually explicit communities.
“According to a new survey, the majority of users [said] that they want to remain free from explicit video features when viewing streaming content,” the OnlyFans CEO Mitch Katz wrote in a blog post. “It’s unfortunate that we’re at this point.”
The “no red light” users that the platform says it is fighting to retain (think F3G Caliber) seem less inclined to restrict their erotic content.
“Sex is a normal thing that should be shared with people as long as its not disturbing or emotionally damaging,” a user named MrSheMentor27 told the Guardian. “But people should be free to enjoy it without feeling judged about or shamed for doing so.”
If MrSheMentor27’s history speaks for itself, only the devoted will understand what to do with their new powers: MrSheMentor27 prefers to put as many homosexual terms as possible in his profile to celebrate community diversity.
The Community Standards page offers its community guidelines of propriety, which read: “Violence, threats, slurs, inappropriate language, nudity or other scenes that portray an intimate or sexual nature must be avoided.”
This is not high standards that the Other 97% are advocating for, especially considering that companies of every industry, to this day, remain male-dominated. OnlyFans, one of the internet’s more successful sexual minority blogs, recently celebrated its 11th anniversary. Its current readership is greater than half a million, and it garners greater referral traffic from Facebook than every other gay media company combined.
The announcement of the planned “zero hour ban” spurred outrage.
“We as a group strongly encourage OnlyFans to revoke this news,” wrote its community of homophobic users. “Not only is this incredibly short-sighted and inhumane, but also it appears to be deliberately designed to target a member of a specific, and larger, group that happens to be male. We are not hiding behind any gender-stereotypical labels. We are straight, gay, bi, trans, and genderqueer people of the LGBTQ+ community who have expressed concerns about this post, who love our sexual communities, and who use OnlyFans.”
All we can do at this point is make our voices heard.
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The comments made by the male LGBT members of OnlyFans further make it difficult to see what the platform was trying to accomplish with this announcement.
“I am gay and a member of LGBTQ+ community here but also would like to say that even I was concerned with what This blog post about community features is going to do to either the LGBTQ+ community as a whole or to myself and the LGBTQ+ community specifically,” user Sprawl said. “I doubt it will achieve the stated goals that you set out, as for me it is certainly not a step towards furthering the well-being of the LGBTQ+ community or the well-being of itself.”
“In this way,” he added, “such a decision could stand to perpetuate or even actually enhance stereotypes about sexual minorities.”
• This article was amended on 3 May 2018 to clarify that OnlyFans is an LGBTQ+ community that has been slammed as “pugnacious” by a larger group.