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OnlyFans Reverses Ban on Adult Content After Backlash

Content creators and models had blasted the company for harming the same users who made the site popular.

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Following widespread criticism and mockery, adult-oriented photo sharing site OnlyFans has dropped its controversial ban on sexually explicit material.

On Wednesday, the company tweeted that it has “suspended the planned 1 October policy change.”

Thanking the online community “for making your voices heard,” OnlyFans add that it had “secured assurances necessary to support our diverse creator community” and noted that it “stands for inclusion and we will continue to provide a home for all creators.”

The reversal comes mere days after the site announced that it would be unveiling a range of new regulations that would effectively make OnlyFans a pornography-free zone.

“In order to ensure the long-term sustainability of our platform, and the continue to host an inclusive community of creators and fans, we must evolve our content guidelines,” the company said at the time.

The company has largely relied on the services of large banks and payment processors like Mastercard and Visa, which the company had argued meant that it was forced to impose the ban.

However, critics pointed out that the ban may have also been a response to the new standards and requirements introduced by Mastercard that require strict proof of “clear, unambiguous documented consent” along with documentation proving the age and identity of content producers and sex workers.

Additionally, the move comes amid increasing pressure from conservative groups who are calling for credit card companies to flat-out stop working with adult websites. 

Since its creation in 2016, millions of creators had flocked to OnlyFans, attracted to its model as a safe alternative to traditional sex work that offered creators a degree of self-control and lower commissions than other options online. Sexual content in the form of videos and photos earned the most in terms of sales.

Content creators responded with alarm to the new guidelines and blasted the company for harming the same users who made the site popular.

“Many ppl think Sex Work isn’t work, but we know work is work, & should be valued as such & not diminished,” wrote one Twitter user who uses the handle Nancy Miami. “We put in a lot time & energy, sometimes spending years to build a brand just to get thrown off a platform for xyz reason. Its bulls**t, everyone knows it.”

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Awesome New Infrared Goggles Could Help Blind People ‘See’ Surroundings

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People who are blind or deal with low vision face a unique number of challenges in their daily lives, ranging from accessing published material to holding a job or living on one’s own.

However, emerging infrared technology under research could help the blind and visually impaired navigate the world around them using a pair of innovative goggles.

In new research recently published and yet to be peer-reviewed, Manuel Zahn and Armaghan Ahmad Khan at Germany’s Technical University of Munich explored how their 3D camera and haptic feedback armband can assist people with low vision.

“Even in the present era, visually impaired people face a constant challenge of navigation,” the pair wrote. “The most common tool available to them is the cane. Although the cane allows good detection of objects in the user’s immediate vicinity, it lacks the ability to detect obstacles further away.”

The two students’ design deploys two infrared cameras placed in a 3D-printed goggles prototype to get a stereoscopic view that is transformed by a small computer into a map of the user’s surroundings. The infrared gear also works in the dark. The armband then uses 25 actuators arranged in a grid that vibrates when users come close to objects while also assisting them in their orientation. As users walk near obstacles, the vibration intensity of the actuators increases.

In tests, subjects enjoyed roughly 98 percent accuracy while getting through obstacle pathways, with all five participants completing the course in their first run. After two additional runs, the volunteers were able to navigate the obstacles more rapidly.

Zahn and Khan frequently cited Microsoft’s Kinect motion detection system for the Xbox in their study, but the pair are confident that their own setup will be far smaller, cheaper and less conspicuous than the gaming device.

The new headset could offer an interesting opportunity for blind and partially sighted people to clear the myriad obstacles they face when performing regular tasks or navigating the world around them.

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Toddler Goes On $2000 Furniture-Shopping Spree On Mom’s Phone

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A New Jersey mom learned that keeping your browser open may not be the best idea as children, and even infants, become increasingly tech savvy.

Madhu Kumar was browsing Walmart’s furniture selection on their website and had added some items to her shopping cart but never checked out. She was shocked and confused when she started to receive a steady stream of packages from the big-box retailer.

Madhu immediately turned to her husband and two older children to find out who ordered the packages.

“I need one or two, why would we need four?” Madhu asked.

As it turned out, her toddler Ayaansh Kumar – who, at 22 months old, was barely learning to count – had gone on a $2,000 shopping spree while playing on his mother’s phone.

“It is really hard to believe that he has done this, but that’s what happened,” Ayaansh’s dad, Pramod Kumar, told NBC New York.

Among the packages were some that could barely be squeezed through the family’s front door at their home in Monmouth Junction.

Purchases included accent chairs, flower stands and a range of other household items that arrived throughout the week.

“He’s so little, he’s so cute, we were laughing that he ordered all this stuff,” his mom remarked.

From birth, young Ayaansh had observantly watched his family members engage in a range of activities from home – including shopping, attending classes, and going to school. And as it the case for many kids of his generation, he knows the basics of operating a smartphone.

The parents are still waiting for all of the boxes to arrive so that they can return them to their local Walmart. The retailer has already told the Kumars that they are eligible for a refund, but the parents plan to save at least a few items to remind them of their son’s first e-commerce adventure.

“Moving forward, we will put tough passcodes or face recognition so when he picks up the phone he finds it in locked condition,” his father said.

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