Singapore jails OnlyFans creator in first such conviction

Titus Low
Titus Low

Singapore has jailed and fined an OnlyFans creator, in the city-state’s first conviction of users of the adults-only platform.

A court on Wednesday fined Titus Low S$3,000 ($2,087) for sharing obscene photos and videos on the site.

He was also sentenced to three weeks prison for accessing his account in breach of a police order.

The case has sparked alarm over the criminal implications for OnlyFans creators in the conservative nation.

In Singapore, it is illegal to transmit obscene materials by electronic means or to take part in or receive profits from a business where such materials are transmitted.

“For sure, this case has set [a] precedent and other users will have to deal with the same risk of being on OnlyFans,” Low’s lawyer Kirpal Singh told the BBC.

“I think the message is quite clear that authorities are prepared to convict those who transmit explicit material not just on the OnlyFans platform but on the whole spectrum [of online areas].”

Mr Singh said he had been approached by other content creators this year concerned about their own potential criminal liability.

However, experts had earlier suggested that prosecutions against such local content creators appear to only come about if instigated by a third party.

    Low was arrested in December 2021 after a woman found one of his explicit videos on her 12-year-old niece’s phone and filed a police complaint.

    The 22-year-old model had joined the platform only a few months earlier in April, where he had quickly become one of its biggest local stars.

    After the complaint was made, officers confiscated his phone, iPad and changed the details of his OnlyFans account. But Low regained access to his account and continued uploading content as well as starting a second account.

    Low had faced up to three months jail for sharing explicit pictures, and up to six months for defying the police instruction. Following his conviction on Wednesday, he posted on Twitter he was “glad this is finally over”.

    Low, who has over 210,000 followers on social media, is a well-known Singaporean influencer and his case had been highly publicised. The number of OnlyFans creators in Singapore is unknown but estimated to be in the hundreds.

    Mr Singh noted that the only other such conviction in the South-East Asia region he was aware of was in Myanmar, where military authorities jailed a protester last month for posting pictures on Only Fans. “But that was really different, I believe there were political motives behind that,” Mr Singh said.

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