OnlyFans CEO Blames Banks for Porn Ban

LOS ANGELES — OnlyFans founder and CEO Tim Stokely claimed the company “had no choice” but to implement their “sexually explicit conduct” ban because banks “cite reputational risk and refuse our business.”

XBIZ contacted OnlyFans last Thursday for further comments on the porn ban, effective October 1, and today their representative replied with a link to Stokely’s paywalled interview with the Financial Times as the official reply to “clear up questions around our recent announcement.”

The company rep told XBIZ that Stokely specifically said “he would ‘absolutely’ welcome porn back were the banking environment to change.” 

Stokely also went out of his way to deflect blame away from Mastercard, and denied that OnlyFans’ recent attempts at securing outside investors might motivated the policy change. 

“The change in policy, we had no choice — the short answer is banks,” he told the Financial Times.

According to OnlyFans, “the change came in response to an increased level of obstacles from banks, which would ‘cite reputational risk and refuse our business.’”

“We pay over one million creators over $300 million every month, and making sure that these funds get to creators involves using the banking sector,” Stokely continued, mentioning that Bank of New York Mellon had “flagged and rejected” every wire connected to the company, “making it difficult to pay our creators.”

“This decision was made to safeguard their funds and subscriptions from increasingly unfair actions by banks and media companies — we obviously do not want to lose our most loyal creators,” he said.

He added, “We’re already fully compliant with the new Mastercard rules, so that had no bearing on the decision” and said that OnlyFans “didn’t make this policy change to make it easier to find investors.”

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