High profile creators leave Patreon
December 18, 2018 · 3.5 minutes to read
Patreon, a crowd-funding platform used by many podcasters, has removed a number of far-right creators including Milo Yiannopoulos and Carl Benjamin, a YouTuber known as Sargon of Akkad, for what Patreon claims is hate speech. (Last year, the company's CEO Jack Conte explained when Patreon removes creator pages, using "manifest observable behaviour"). However, Sam Harris, host of The Waking Up Podcast, one of the top-grossing Patreon creators, has deleted his account in response, accusing the company of political bias; and other Patreon creators, Dave Rubin and Jordan Petersen, have promised to build an alternative platform "that will not be susceptible to arbitrary censorship". There are reports of many Patreon supporters leaving the platform in protest.
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