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GOVT NOT BANNING ONLYFANS FOR NOW, WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR FIRST

Josephine Teo, Minister for Communications & Information, responded to a question filed by Nominated Member of Parliament Shahira Abdullah on whether the government will ban OnlyFans because it can be used as a platform to share obscene material.

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The Minister said that the government will not ban OnlyFans for the time being but would be taking a ‘holistic’ approach instead to monitor and deal with content which are objectionable.

Being in OnlyFans does not mean its objectionable

The Minister added that not everything seen on OnlyFans means that it is objectionable material.

There are safeguards put in place by the website, such as the requirement for users to be at least 18 years of age and it also bans users from posting materials which are egregious such as ‘revenge films’.

Suspicious content can also be reported.

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Laws in Singapore

Under laws that are already in place in Singapore, transmitting obscene content via electronic platforms is deemed as illegal.

Receiving profits and participating in businesses where monetary gains are achieved from such materials via electronic means is also illegal.

Members of the public who are aware of such activities going on should report it to the Police for action to be taken.

Not possible to block all of such content

The Minister said that it will be impossible to block all of such objectionable content on the internet and that is why a ‘holistic approach’ should be used to monitor the situation instead of just banning it in totality.

She added that the government will take the necessary actions and monitor such activities.

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Image source: Titus Low/Facebook, Josephine Teo/Facebook

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