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OnlyFans bribed Meta staff to put porn stars on TERRORIST watchlist, lawsuit claims

OnlyFans has been accused of bribing Facebook-owner Meta to get thousands of porn stars on a terrorist watchlist.

Adult film stars claim owner Leonid Radvinsky paid staff from the rival firm to shadow ban them so they were exclusive to the site.

They argue their photos and videos were falsely flagged as containing terrorist content on social media which impacted their cash flow.

Their claims come in one of a mountain of lawsuits against OnlyFans from enraged stars arguing it had caused them financial harm.

In all, their lawyers claim they have a list of 21,000 Instagram accounts that had been unfairly branded as potential terrorists.

Adult film actress Alana Evans, who is one of the plaintiffs, claimed in the lawsuit she had been slapped on the watchlist

Adult film stars claim owner Leonid Radvinsky paid staff from the rival firm to shadow ban them so they were exclusive to the site

Adult film stars claim owner Leonid Radvinsky paid staff from the rival firm to shadow ban them so they were exclusive to the site

Adult film actress Alana Evans, who is one of the plaintiffs, claimed in the lawsuit she had been slapped on the watchlist.

She said she was among those whose account was placed in a database run by the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism.

She told the New York Post: ‘When I heard that my content may be listed on the terror watch list, I was outraged.

‘I was angry because it affected my income when my social media traffic dropped significantly, and I was angry because I am the daughter of a veteran who fought for this country.’

The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, a nonprofit, was set up to prevent mass shooting videos and other extremist material ending up on social media.

The alleged move means pictures of models in bikinis on social media would have been flagged as jihadist propaganda across different platforms.

The names allegedly being added to the list was said to have seen a plunge in traffic visiting their pages on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Evans said she was among those whose account was placed in a database run by the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism

Evans said she was among those whose account was placed in a database run by the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism

The lawsuit also claims firms, celebrities and other influencers had been targeted despite ‘having nothing to do with terrorism’.

The claimants argue their accounts had been hit from October 2018 when they claim OnlyFans bribed one or more Meta worker.

They say in the suit the money was funneled from OnlyFans’ parent company Fenix International to a secret Hong Kong subsidy where it was sent into bank accounts in the Philippines that were set up by the employees.

They argued the move saw a ‘massive spike in content classification/filtering activity’ on other social media sites – but they had a ‘mysterious immunity’ on OnlyFans.

Lawyers acting for JustFor.Fans, which filed its own class action against OnlyFans in California state court in August, said it helped the website grow.

The site, which is a rival to OnlyFans, said in court documents: ‘The blacklisting of plaintiff and others has caused OnlyFans to achieve a drastically enlarged market share while its competitors stagnated or declined.

‘The defendants engaged in a scheme to misuse a terrorist blacklist to obtain a competitive advantage.’

Another, FanCentro, also filed a suit in Broward county in Florida against OnlyFans but not Meta.

Meta requested the lawsuit against it be chucked out in June, but hearings are scheduled for September.

Meta requested the lawsuit against it be chucked out in June, but hearings are scheduled for September

Meta requested the lawsuit against it be chucked out in June, but hearings are scheduled for September

Milberg Coleman Bryson Phillips Grossman is representing the plaintiffs against Meta and OnlyFans in California superior court.

Partner David Azar said Meta and the GIFCT should ‘open up’ their records ‘to help figure out whether our clients or their content are indeed on any databases intended for terrorists, and how to get them off’.

In a statement to The Post, OnlyFans said, ‘We are aware that these cases have been filed.

‘We are not aware of any evidence which supports these allegations. The alleged participants have all publicly stated that these cases have no merit.’

Meta did not respond to requests for comment but told the BBC, which first reported the bribery allegations, that it had investigated and found no evidence the terror database had been abused.

Meta said: ‘These allegations are without merit and we will address them in the context of the litigation as needed.’

The GIFCT told the BBC earlier this year it was ‘not aware of any evidence to support the theories presented in this lawsuit between two parties with no connection to GIFCT’.

A spokesman added: ‘Our continuing work to enhance transparency and oversight of the GIFCT hash-sharing database is the result of extensive engagement with our stakeholders and has no connection to these claims.’


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