A leading agency that manages the accounts of the creators of OnlyFans has been accused of having its employees catfish fans by reading and responding to messages intended for the creators. According to a report of Initiated, fans who thought they were talking to models run by Unruly Agency would confess to fetishes, fantasies, and other private matters, but the person on the other end of the phone may actually be an agency employee, not the intended recipient – someone who worked as an account manager said they were “essentially a professional con artist”.
According to the report, Unruly Agency manages the accounts of several popular OnlyFans influencers. But, according to the employees, in addition to helping them plan photoshoots and manage posts, they also help models cope with the deluge of fans who want to talk to them (and who are often willing to pay for the privilege). . This, Initiated said, led to the ghostwriting of Unruly employees for models.
Sometimes they see and respond to incredibly intimate messages – fans, who think they’re talking to someone they may have seen naked, will talk about what turns them on or their failed marriages. Aside from the very real questions about parasocial relationships on the platform that this sort of behavior raises, fans are sending these messages out believing someone they think they know will read and respond to them eventually.
According to Initiated, this type of deception is a gray area when it comes to the terms of service for OnlyFans – one lawyer said it was probably good, another said it could depend on how a creator presented their chat services.
Unruly also faces allegations that he mistreated his employees, as well as the creators he managed. Several creators alleged that the company or other affiliated agencies posted naked content of them – sometimes outside their terms (by posting them on their public feed, rather than on a more exclusive feed), and sometimes without their permission or knowledge that nude photos even existed. One lawsuit brought by former employees accuses the company of salary theft and retaliatory dismissals (he also reiterates claims that managers were told to lie about actually being the influencers fans thought they were talking about). You can read the trial here (PDF).
A creator Recount Buzzfeed News that when she expressed concerns about the terms of the contract she was signing, members of the company said the terms would not be enforced and that they were there simply because it was ” what our lawyer makes us do “. In telling her story of trying to leave Behave Agency (which The daily beast describe as “an Unruly spin-off for smaller influencers”) and hit by a fee of $ 300,000, she said, “They have such a big business that I never imagined they would be so desperate. to trap anyone. The designer also said that Behave changed the bank details on her OnlyFans account so that the money went to the company rather than directly to her.
Unfortunately, there is precedent for many parts of this story. The adult entertainment industry has a reputation for exploiting and abusing workers, and online content creators have long felt they have been unfairly treated by management platforms. We’ve also seen corporate cat fishing accusations before – legal proceedings and analysis of hacked data Extramarital dating site Ashley Madison (whose tagline was “Life is short. Having an affair”) reported that the company created fake profiles that would send messages to men.