Over the years, OnlyFans has gone from a taboo joke to an actual form of income that people have been using to sustain their lives. But there was always a question of legality.
Recently, Titus Low, Singaporean OnlyFans creator, was fined S$3,000 (RM9,807.95) for uploading obscene photos and videos, making him the first content creator on OnlyFans to be convicted for the offence in the city state.
He was also sentenced to three weeks in jail for defying a police order not to access his OnlyFans account while he was under investigation.
He pleaded guilty to both charges.
So… I went to court today. I have to do 3 weeks & a 3k fine however I’m glad this is finally over. Ready to start in a new chapter in life 🙏
Mistakes were made. Part of life’s learning process, I guess? pic.twitter.com/ZhDCnkq6Dg
— Titus Low (@tituslow22) October 12, 2022
In Singapore, it is illegal to transmit obscene materials by electronic means or to take part in or receive profits from a business where such materials are transmitted.
“For sure, this case has set a precedent and other users will have to deal with the same risk of being on OnlyFans,” Low’s lawyer Kirpal Singh told the BBC.
“I think the message is quite clear that authorities are prepared to convict those who transmit explicit material not just on the OnlyFans platform but on the whole spectrum of online areas.”
Another three similar charges were taken into consideration.
The court heard that Low was investigated for transmitting obscene material on OnlyFans in October last year via a man who had informed the police that his 12-year-old niece had a video of Low on her mobile phone.
On 11 October, Low gave the police the password of his OnlyFans account and the primary e-mail linked to it. He was given an order not to access the account while investigations were ongoing.
That same day, he contacted the OnlyFans support desk to inform them that his account had been hacked and to ask for assistance to reset his password.
He succeeded in regaining access to his account on 12 October and proceeded to upload obscene photos and videos on the platform. He said that he chose to continue using the site because it was his main source of income.
According to BBC, the number of OnlyFans creators in Singapore is unknown but estimated to be in the hundreds.