Site says Bella Thorne not to blame for spending rule
The social media platform OnlyFans says a new, controversial rule that limits the amount content providers can charge has nothing to do with the high-profile addition of Bella Thorne to the site.
But site content providers and sex workers are outraged about the new rule that states no site vendor can charge over $50 for pay-per-view content and no user can tip more than $100.
Many are blaming Thorne, who said earlier this month that she made $2 million in her first seven days on the risqué subscription platform.
The former Disney Channel star Thorne, 22, took to Twitter Saturday to say she was “truly sorry” for the new rule and to explain herself in a series of tweets.
“I wanted to bring attention to the site, the more people on the site the more likely of a chance to normalize the stigmas, And in trying to do this I hurt you,” Thorne wrote. “I have risked my career a few times to remove the stigma behind sex work, porn, and the natural hatred people spew behind anything sex related.”
Thorne added: “I am a mainstream face and when you have a voice, a platform, you try to use … in helping others and advocate for something bigger than yourself. Again in this process I hurt you and for that I’m truly sorry.”
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USA TODAY has reached out to OnlyFans for comment. But the social media platform said in a statement to NBC News that the changes were not based on one user.
“Transaction limits are set to help prevent overspending and to allow our users to continue to use the site safely,” the statement said. “We value all of the feedback received since this change was implemented and we will continue to review these limits.”
Thorne said on Twitter that she was meeting with OnlyFans “about the new restrictions to find out why!!!” She added, “This is (expletive)-ed up.”
Site content providers have claimed Thorne was seeking $200 for users to unlock a photo of herself in a bikini before the new rule was implemented.
OnlyFans is a social media network, like Instagram, YouTube and Facebook. But unlike YouTube (which forbids “explicit content meant to be sexually gratifying”) and Instagram (which only allows “nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures”), OnlyFans allows it all.
OnlyFans is a content subscription service where creators can earn money from users – the “fans” – who pay a monthly membership fee to access their exclusive content. The platform has become synonymous with the adult entertainment industry and sexual content, but OnlyFans has received a mainstream boost from stars like Cardi B and Thorne.
OnlyFans is best known for NSFW content that is too risqué for Instagram and YouTube, but what many don’t know is that the site features a variety of content creators, from musicians to fitness experts, chefs and now major celebrities.
Stars and influencers alike have started testing out OnlyFans to post unfiltered photos and videos to their fans as the demand for content increases during the coronavirus pandemic.
Thorne announced on Instagram Aug. 19 that she was joining OnlyFans by way of a steamy video in which she’s dressed in a bikini and a diamond necklace spelling “sex.”
Contributing: Cydney Henderson