Vienna's art museums will post nude images on OnlyFans after 'censorship' on TikTok and Facebook

  • Art museums in Vienna will post artwork containing nudity and semi-nudity to OnlyFans.

  • The Vienna Tourist Board said the move comes after facing "censorship" from other tech platforms.

  • OnlyFans recently moved to ban explicit content, but reversed the decision after fallout from sex workers.

Art museums in Vienna are posting art containing nudity on OnlyFans after sites like TikTok and Facebook censored the images.

The city's Albertina Museum, Natural History Museum, Historical Art Museum, and Leopold Museum announced this month they would post images of "provocative, historical" art censored by other social networks.

The art includes a nude figure from the Stone Age discovered in Austria and pieces by the renowned Austrian painter Egon Schiele.

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"With Vienna's launch of this innovative new initiative and OnlyFans shaking up the world of social media, this art may finally have found its freedom," a Vienna Tourist Board representative said in a statement.

TikTok recently suspended and later blocked the Albertina Museum's account for showing semi-nude photographs on display, The Guardian reported. Instagram and Facebook have censored images from the art museums as well, the Vienna Tourist Board Said.

A spokesperson for the Albertina Museum told Insider that Instagram's rules around censorship are "untransparant."

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Sex workers of color told Insider they have had their content removed from platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Tiktok, while their thin, white peers had faced fewer consequences for similar images.

Though minimal data shows less censorship of white sex workers compared to people of color, social media experts said the phenomenon is part of a broader trend of tech platforms having unclear standards around censoring adult content.

"When you're a sex worker or a part of another kind of marginalized group, you can bet that others are more likely to report you as not fitting the mold of community standards," Dr. Raven Maragh-Lloyd, assistant professor of African and African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, told Insider.

OnlyFans, TikTok, and Facebook were not immediately available for comment.

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