Social Media site OnlyFans has confirmed it has suspended its planned ban on sexually explicit content. 

The site had planned to ban explicit content from October 1, a decision that was met with concern from creators on the platform.

The site was believed to be making the move following an investigation by the BBC that found the site had failed to prevent illegal content.

However, content creators and commentators believe a ban would be detrimental to models and sex workers who have come to rely on the site to work safely during the pandemic. 

A statement on the site's Twitter said: "Thank you to everyone for making your voices heard.

"We have secured assurances necessary to support our diverse creator community and have suspended the planned October 1 policy change.

"OnlyFans stands for inclusion and we will continue to provide a home for all creators."

Model, blogger and presenter Jess Davies, who spoke out against the ban, responded to the news by tweeting: "They saw the power lay with the sex workers leaving their platforms and not in the rich men that run it. Interesting."

OnlyFans has not confirmed how long the suspension will last, or whether it will be indefinite.

It says it is in the process of writing to users of the site.

If you value The National's journalism, help grow our team of reporters by becoming a subscriber.