Donald Trump on OnlyFans? Twitter rumour takes off

Bruno Cooke January 11, 2021
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Twitter is abuzz with the idea of Donald Trump resorting to content subscription service OnlyFans to communicate with his followers, now that he’s been banned by most social media platforms. Are we likely to see POTUS on OnlyFans?

Donald Trump on OnlyFans: Birth of a rumour

Twitter announced on Friday 8 January that it had permanently suspended Trump’s account from the microblogging platform. 

In a statement, Twitter cited “risk of further incitement of violence”, especially in “the context of horrific events this week”, as the principal reason.

Since then, the announcement has been a source of great amusement for Twitter users. Some see OnlyFans as the logical next step for the president.

Suggestions that Donald Trump start using content subscription service OnlyFans have received thousands upon thousand of likes.

Meanwhile, a rumour that Trump has already been banned from the site has snowballed into an internet sensation.

Another user joked that they had received a Gmail notification from the President, saying he’d “NEVER done this before”. “But”, the email reads, “I think it’s necessary”.

Would OnlyFans be suitable for Donald Trump?

Launched in 2016, OnlyFans is a social media platform that allows content creators to post material and receive direct payment from their followers. It is typically NSFW, although not all of the material on the site is necessarily “adult”.

The site has over 30 million registered users and almost half a million content creators.

Some influencers use it as a revenue stream for makeup tutorials and workout videos. Others make use of the platform to post NSFW content.

‘Call it the paywall of porn’

The New York Times reported in 2019 that the site had “changed sex work forever” by putting “X-rated entertainment in the hands of its entertainers”. With “a feed of imagery too racy for Instagram” and an expectation that punters will pay those they interact with, the NYT calls it the “paywall of porn”.

The apparent paradox at the centre of its business platform is that “the hottest site in the adult entertainment industry” is “dominated by providers who show fewer sex acts and charge increasing fees depending on how creative the requests get.”

Perhaps counterintuitively, those who reveal less receive higher payments.

Given Donald Trump’s penchant for verbalising his every thought, launching an OnlyFans might take some reckoning.