If the words “OnlyFans terrorist watchlist” ring together, you’re not alone.
While it might sound stranger than fiction, a lawsuit filed in California is indeed crushing all those words together — and the actresses making the allegations are royally pissed about it all.
“When I heard that my content might be on the terrorism watch list, I was outraged,” adult performer Alana Evans told The New York Post. “I was angry because it affected my income when my social media traffic dropped significantly.”
According to the lawsuit filed earlier this year by Evans and fellow porn content creator Kelly Pierce, OnlyFans allegedly bribed Facebook employees to falsely place the actresses – who used OnlyFans’ competing sites to sell their content – on a terrorism watchlist run by a consortium of internet companies, which has them “shadowbanned” on Instagram and other social networks integral to promoting their content.
The nonprofit organization in question, listed as a defendant in the lawsuit, is called the Global Internet Forum to Combat Terrorism (GIFCT). It was created by Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube in 2016, allegedly to prevent those who commit acts of mass or identity-based violence from “exploiting digital platforms”. According to the lawsuit, the artists allege they were placed on a “Dangerous Individuals and Organizations” database that essentially functioned as a blacklist.
Evans and Pierce claim in the lawsuit that in early 2019 – shortly after OnlyFans majority shareholder Leonid Radvinsky, another of the listed defendants, took control of the company – they and dozens of thousands more have been “banned” not only from Instagram and Facebook, but also from YouTube and Twitter. They say this alleged deletion of their accounts has often resulted in their posts being deleted, their accounts being deleted, a hemorrhage in subscriber numbers and, of course, a significant loss of revenue.
Creators on OnlyFans and other sites associated with Radvinsky, meanwhile, appeared to enjoy “mysterious immunity” from this false terrorism report, the lawsuit suggests. In a countersuit in July, Meta and OnlyFans denied all of the lawsuit’s allegations and have yet to respond to media requests for comment on the latest iteration of the lawsuit.
So far, neither the lawsuit nor any of the coverage about it has disclosed how the plaintiffs believe they learned of the alleged scheme. Sometimes it seems very far-fetched – “shadow banning” is a common conspiracy theory among people online whose content just doesn’t work so well – but stranger things have happened, so we will watch with interest.
And if even some of these allegations are true — a California district court will begin deciding whether they are true next month — it could have huge implications not just for the adult industry, but for all of social media.
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