Children as young as 13 have already been able to set up accounts on the subscription website OnlyFans, it has been revealed.
A BBC investigation found that under 18s were able to set up accounts on the adult website using false documents or IDs from older family members.
At one time, a 14-year-old girl was able to open an account with her grandmother’s passport and bank details, police said.
OnlyFans is a content subscription service created by an Essex family that allows content creators to monetize those who want to pay to view their content.
The service is popular with sex workers, with all of the highest paid earners being women.
Other types of content on the site are fitness videos and content from celebrities and other famous content creators.
A BBC study found that children as young as 13 can use OnlyFans to share explicit images on a content subscription website that has millions of adult subscribers.
In the past year, the company enjoyed a boost in membership numbers, largely due to the pandemic, and now has more than 120 million users worldwide.
Thanks to the service, many who became unemployed during the pandemic were able to earn a life-saving income, while others have become millionaires on the platform.
The investigation by the BBC found that there were several ways for teenagers to set up accounts on the adult-only website.
The company found that a 17-year-old from the South East of England had been able to sell videos of herself performing sex acts and using sex toys on the platform.
The teenager used a fake ID to create her account and received £ 5,000 in payments from the site within a week, prompting the bank to block her account.
There have also been reports of underage girls participating in videos on adult accounts in the US, in violation of the company’s terms and conditions.
School security officials also revealed that children as young as 12 years old used the site to contact other adult content creators and request a meeting.
Meanwhile, child protection organization Childline told the BBC that a girl had reported that she has been using the site since she was 13.
OnlyFans said they use state-of-the-art technology and human monitoring to prevent children under 18 from sharing content and take the responsibility very seriously
Anonymous notes of the conversation with the child shared with the BBC by Childline read: ‘I don’t want to talk about the types of photos I post there and I know it’s not appropriate for kids my age to do this,’ but it is an easy way to make money.
‘Some girls have thousands of followers on Instagram and they have to reel it in – I want to be like them.
Chief Constable Simon Bailey, the UK’s national leader in child protection, says it is ‘increasingly clear’ that OnlyFans is being used by children.
Mr. Bailey says he is concerned about the risks children expose themselves to by appearing on the site.
The company’s terms and conditions have a long list of restrictions on the type of content allowed on the site.
This also means that everyone mentioned in the content must be over 18 years old. It also prohibits content that depicts or promotes crimes such as sexual assault or rape.
OnlyFans says it is committed to user safety and the Terms of Service are adhered to
OnlyFans said in a statement, ‘OnlyFans is a subscription-based social media platform for all content creators with over 120 million users.
Since it is paid social media, users must be over 18 to access the site.
‘We have a team that manually assesses every application’
An OnlyFans spokesperson told MailOnline: “For creators, we have a team that manually reviews each application.
Third-party vendors are used to verify the authenticity and integrity of the uploaded IDs and selfies.
” The results generated by the software will be reviewed along with a manual check of applicant provided ID, selfie with ID photo, API verified home address, linked social media accounts, linked email addresses, GeoIP locations and the information added by the applicant in their avatar, header and bio.
‘If our multi-point system is met, the team takes the maker with it.’
OnlyFans is home to more than 1.25 million creators from a wide variety of countries and creative genres.
It is an inclusive and non-discriminatory platform that is home to fitness experts, chefs, celebrities, influencers and content creators from many other walks of life.
Some creators choose to upload and exchange adult content with their fans. In fact, the platform has been praised in the media for empowering and returning control to the creators so that they can be paid for content they create and decide to share.
‘We take our duty of care very seriously. OnlyFans is committed to the safety and security of its users, and the Terms of Service are adhered to.
In the event of a serious violation of these terms and conditions, the account will be closed and all active subscriptions refunded to the original beneficiary.
“We have a dedicated team within our compliance area that works with law enforcement around the world when reporting and escalation are required.
‘We use systems and software that are not only compliant, but go further than current regulations.
“The platform’s safety and security team has grown in line with the growth of OnlyFans and we are committed to continuing that investment.
“Cases where individuals have intentionally attempted to breach the system are rare, but we are closely following all attempts to fraudulently access the platform and report these cases to our security team, and to the police and social services if necessary.” ‘