S’pore Government Won’t Ban OnlyFans For Now, But Will Monitor Platforms For Abuse Risks: Josephine Teo – Mothership.SG

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The government will not yet ban the OnlyFans content-sharing platform, but instead will take a “holistic” approach to dealing with objectionable content on the Internet.

Communications and Information Minister Joséphine Teo responded in writing to MP Shahira Abdullah.

Shahira had asked if the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) would consider banning the OnlyFans website because it can be used for the distribution of obscene material.

Not everything is porn on OnlyFans

Teo pointed out that not all content on OnlyFans includes objectionable material.

OnlyFans also has a number of safeguards, such as requiring users to be at least 18 years old, prohibiting creators from posting blatant content like revenge porn.

Anyone can report suspected violations of the Terms of Service to the Platform.

What is illegal?

However, under the Penal Code, it is illegal to transmit obscene material by electronic means.

It is also illegal to participate in or receive profit from any business in which obscene material is transmitted electronically or to advertise the sale of obscene material.

Singaporeans remembered this fact recently when local designer Titus Low was charged with related offenses.

Teo said members of the public who are aware of people engaging in such activity can file a police report.

Dealing with objectionable content

Teo said authorities must ensure that content platforms do not expose Singaporeans to the risk of exploitation and abuse, especially young people.

The government will monitor developments and take regulatory action as it deems appropriate.

Teo said:

“In reality, however, it will not be possible to block all objectionable or obscene content on the Internet. That is why we must go beyond the ban and take a holistic approach to dealing with such content.”

She cited government efforts to tackle the problem, such as MCI’s Sunlight Alliance for Action, which brings together public and private sector (3P) partners to lead basic digital security initiatives, in particular harmful actions targeting women and girls.

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Top image from Titus Low Instagram and gov.sg YouTube.

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