OnlyFans claims it can no longer support Russian authors and has “temporarily stopped” Russian accounts. In a statement released today, the corporation acknowledged the move to Motherboard.
Russian producers have previously been able to stay and get paid despite economic restrictions because to a subscription-based network favoured by sex workers. According to Rolling Stone, Russian OnlyFans founders lost access to their accounts without warning in February. OnlyFans said shortly after that access has been restored and that “accounts will have full capabilities as long as we have payment options to support them.”
However, the business announced on Thursday that it was taking steps to halt payments to accounts in Russia. The firm claims it “explored many methods to continue offering our services to creators impacted by the Russia / Ukraine war,” but “additional tightening of payment restrictions to and from Russia” prohibited it from serving those accounts, according to a statement to Motherboard.
It wasn’t immediately apparent how OnlyFans had previously supported Russian accounts or what had changed. The corporation did not react to a request for comment from The Media right away.
Since Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine, the number of venues available to Russian producers has gradually decreased. After Russian stores were prohibited in March, American crafters noted a dramatic disappearance of cross-stitch artists on Etsy, many of whom were located in Russia.
Russian YouTubers have forced to discover new methods to make money when Instagram was banned in Russia and Google’s ad sales were halted. OnlyFans’ recent policy change is another another example of authors being left with little options when corporations halt operations in Russia.