According to explosive lawsuits, OnlyFans allegedly bribed Meta employees to list thousands of Adult performers and models on a terrorist watchlist, which prevented them from creating revenue from Instagram and Facebook content.
Sellers of sexy content were “shadowbanned” across Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and other sites, the suits allege. Targeted accounts also included businesses, celebrities, influencers, and others who “have nothing to do with terrorism,” according to the filings.
Alana Evans, an adult performer and one of the plaintiffs in the California suit alongside Kelly Pierce and others, shared in an interview. “I was angry because it affected my income when my social media traffic dropped significantly, and I was angry because I am the daughter of a veteran who fought for this country!"
Evans and other creators and performers were all allegedly placed in a database of terror-linked accounts run by the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, or GIFCT, a nonprofit group intended to stop the spread of mass shooting videos and other terrorist content across social media sites.
Performers would no longer reach fans on competing platforms once their names were added to the GIFCT’s list, the suits allege. Meanwhile, OnlyFans’ traffic and profits soared and the site's popularity exploded.
It only takes one site among this group to flag something as being “terrorist-related,” giving them a digital footprint.
As a result, the OnlyFans users who have been “flagged” are effective “shadow banned,” significantly reducing their visibility on websites other than OnlyFans.
FanCentro another adult hosting service filed a civil suit in Florida in November 2021 after experiencing a slowing in social media traffic in 2018 that was “so substantial and dramatic that it could not have been the result of filtering by human reviewers.” As FanCentro’s lawyers pointed out, it was peculiar that OnlyFans seemed to have a “‘mysterious immunity’ [...] to this new heightened classification/filtering activity.”
Law firm Milberg Coleman Bryson Phillips Grossman is representing the plaintiffs in suits filed against Meta and OnlyFans. The lawyers claim they have acquired a list of more than 21,000 Instagram accounts they say were unfairly tagged as potential terrorists, previously unreported California superior court filings show.
Allegedly Leonid Radvinsky funneled the bribes from Felix International, OnlyFans’ parent company, “through a secret Hong Kong subsidiary into offshore Philippines bank accounts set up by the crooked Meta employees.”
Meta and OnlyFans have denied everything, claiming that the allegations are “without merit,” and Meta has asked for at least one lawsuit to be thrown out.
Remarkably, the issue of pornography feels almost irrelevant in this ordeal, it's just about beating the competition.
OnlyFans squashed competitors in the online porn industry with the help of a bizarre scheme that bribed Meta employees to throw thousands of porn stars onto a terrorist watchlist, according to a group of explosive lawsuits.