OnlyFans accused of blacklisting artists on competing sites
OnlyFans has come under fire for blacklisting the social media accounts of adult artists who work for rival platforms.
Legal documents claim that the UK’s website best known for posting pornographic videos asked an unidentified social media company to deactivate performers’ accounts by placing their content in a terrorism database.
BBC News has learned that competing adult website FanCentro has filed a lawsuit in the United States against OnlyFans owner Leonid Radvinsky, as well as OnlyFans’ payment company Fenix Internet.
The lawsuit was submitted to the Florida court in November and claimed that the performers promoting competitors had been placed on the Global Internet Forum to Combat Terrorism (GIFCT).
This then led to the removal of some social media posts and accounts, limiting visibility and traffic to FanCentro, particularly on Instagram, according to the filing.
GIFCT aims to limit the spread of terrorism and works with 18 members – including Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat – to moderate threatening content.
According to the BBC, the legal action also suggested that one or more employees – potentially including a senior staff member – may have been bribed to facilitate the scheme by representatives of OnlyFans.
A spokesperson for OnlyFans said the claims had “no basis” and said they could add no further comment when approached by City AM.
OnlyFans has become increasingly popular in recent years, and artists usually use other social media sites, like Instagram or Snapchat, to promote their videos and photos. It has around 50 million registered users and over 1 million content creators.