Chatters are by no means better off withdrawing money from their subscribers than a developer handling their own revenue; In fact, they can be worse. “You have to do your homework very well about who you hire,” 29-year-old OnlyFans creator Sonia Lebo told me. He has worked with agencies in the past and has had negative experiences with them. At one point, the chatters hired to remember him did such a bad job that his most loyal subscribers realized they were lying. He apologized to all his subscribers and resumed responding to their messages himself. Nevertheless, he said, agencies can provide significant benefits, especially for large accounts. Multiple chats can work simultaneously and they can switch in sequence to make sure no messages are left unanswered. Popular reports often receive so many messages that it will be almost impossible for one person to respond to them; Unanswered messages mean money left on the table. Then there are all the other tasks that require the OnlyFans creator, for example, to actually create content and external marketing on social media, it all takes time to respond to DMs. Rumors relieve the burden.
Chatters also offer creators a buffer from their subscribers that can be rude, stingy or worse. “Are you constantly hooked on your phone and talking about price-adjusted videos with hundreds of broken, lonely lives?” Sounds fun! ” Reads a post on the Think Expansion website that delivers its services to models. Dallas believes that most OnlyFans models who have large followers have a certain team in their corner. “Consistent content creation is immense, promoting and maintaining 20, 30, 50+ conversations daily,” he writes.
However, there is a large group of workers all over the world who want to have these conversations, often at lower wages than Americans make burgers. In February, I spoke to Zoom about Andres, who speaks in Manila and works for a Barcelona-based OnlyFans agency called KC Incorporation. He declined to name his last name: although he thinks the job is perfect, he does not think his family will agree. Many Western companies rely on outsourcing work in the Philippines for customer service and data entry – until now, Andre has worked at T-Mobile’s call center. It now operates on a daily four-hour shift, sending messages to model subscribers. When his shift is over, he exits the account and another knee enters, resuming conversations from where he left off.
During the conversations Andre was well acquainted with the strangeness and desires of the subscribers. Over time she has learned some cliché of sex work: more than sexual gratification, she says many guys just want to talk to someone. Promoting these familiar conversations is good for business. “When we saw ‘Oh, this person is sending me messages in a few weeks,'” he said, “we’re considering these people.” Andre said that most of the big spenders he talks about look pretty normal, if a little depressed and isolated. He said a small minority is clearly suffering from mental health problems. He sympathizes: “The world is a lonely place. And I think these people are the loneliest. “
In fact, Andre sees the connection between his distress and the customer. He says many people who do similar work are poor. They have “nowhere else to go” and “nothing to do”. They are desperate: “At the end of the day, if you have to eat, you have to do what you have to do.” The people he speaks to say he expresses a similar desperation if for a variety of reasons. “If you are single, you do not want to be left alone, then you have to do what you have to do.” A few speakers in Asia I spoke to said they made pretty good money compared to other outsourced jobs. But their income is small compared to the profits their work brings to the agencies that discovered the gold mine at the crossroads of globalization and Western alienation.
Whether it is legal is a separate issue. In November last year, two former employees of the company named Unroly Agency sued in court on charges of salary theft and illegal termination. The agency manages numerous accounts of OnlyFans Gen-Z stars, including rapper Lil Pump and social media creators such as Tana Mongeau. In the lawsuit, which was first reported by Insider, the plaintiffs allege that managers were instructed to “cheat, defraud and mislead fans” by writing messages on behalf of popular models to pay them for blocked content or leave tips. According to them, their superiors set up a system in which account managers tracked which questions fans asked the models most often. Managers then asked the models to record a video to answer each question, encouraging them to change their attire between the videos to make the clips appear as if they were recorded on different days. Managers sent videos to thousands of fans, each of whom thought they were getting a personal answer to a specific question. (Unruly has denied the allegations.)
In the United States, fraud is typically defined as the case where a subject or individual knowingly deceives another in order to obtain something of value. In other words, lying is not in itself valid. You can, of course, argue that a subscriber who talks to chats is forced to spend money they would not otherwise have spent on false information. But you could also easily prove the opposite: the photos and videos taken by subscribers are real images of naked women, even if the intimate relationship perceived around the sale is wrong. After all, this is an online sex chat – in the post-“catapult” world, should anyone really expect Internet accounts to truly represent who runs them?