Here’s why this ‘Great British Bake Off’ star is leaving OnlyFans

Reality TV star John Whaite has gained a lasting fanbase as the winner of Season 3 of The Great British Bake Off and like half of first male couple on Come dance strictly. Fans were even more excited when he announced he was creating an OnlyFans account. But just two months later, Whaite announced he was making the moral decision to leave OnlyFans.

When he launched his OnlyFans account in August, he told his Instagram followers that it wasn’t about sexually explicit content, but “more cheeky posts about gym progress.” Specifically, he wanted a platform “more appropriate in an area where the age restriction is better managed”.

However, this factor may have changed. A recent BBC News story alleges child pornography continues to flow through the platform, according to a “lead US investigator”.

Whaite responded to the news by deleting her account. He explained on a recent Instagram post, “Following news today alleging that users of the OnlyFans platform are still capable of exploiting young children, I have made the decision to close my account.

“While the claims have yet to be proven/disproven, I morally cannot continue to use a platform that is subject to such serious allegations. Child exploitation is heinous and it is incumbent upon companies such as that OnlyFans to ensure that they have the most advanced filtering systems to prevent and report such activity.

Whaite added in the caption of the post, “I will not put profit before social purpose. The exploitation of children is heinous and must stop. I cannot continue to use OnlyFans until there is unequivocally no possible means of child exploitation on the platform.

In response to the allegations, OnlyFans CEO Amrapali Gan said BBC News, “We are actively working with law enforcement. If anyone makes the mistake of thinking they may be uploading illegal content, we will report it. We truly are the safest and most inclusive social media platform.

Allegations of child pornography have led Only fans will almost ban sexually explicit content last year. Similar allegations led to the banning of pornography on Tumblr and the gutting of content on Pornhub. These bans have a real impact on sex workers who depend on platforms like OnlyFans for income and independence. This push to ban pornography is often led by right-wing organizations like cry of exodus conduct a “the war on sex workers” without real plans to help victims of non-consual content.

As for the most recent allegations, it doesn’t look like another porn ban attempt is on the horizon yet. OnlyFans asked for evidence in order to further investigate the allegations, but BBC News refused in order to protect the anonymity of the investigator.

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