Following our last scientific review, we thought it would be interesting to look at another aspect of online sex work through social media specifically designed or used for this purpose. The COVID-19 pandemic has largely pushed sex workers to produce content on the web, especially via the most well-known online platform: Onlyfans. Launched in 2016, described as a peer-to-peer subscription website and allowing content producers to interact with their fans, the platform very quickly gained a reputation as a site containing lots of adult productions. Simple to use and easily accessible, Onlyfans and several other participative financing sites (also called "digital patronage") have seduced many amateurs who want to monetize their content as well. Beyond these sites, the question of online sex work arises once again. While traditional social networks like Instagram and Facebook heavily censor any explicit content, are digital patronage platforms safe spaces for sex workers? While there are many benefits for them, especially the ability to monetize their content, emotional and unpaid labor is a reality for many of these people. Is it a tool of emancipation, of empowerment or else of an ever increasing commodification of intimacy? These are all questions that have recently been addressed by research.
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