Patreon just paid “lib service” to free speech. Patreon has reportedly banned two political commentators from its platform.
The online payments company suspended BlazeTV’s “You Are Here” host Sydney Watson and Wrong Opinion podcast host Josh Lekach, according to Reclaim The Net. Patreon is a platform that allows artists and other creators to get paid directly for content they produce. Patreon, however, has apparently decided that some commentators should not be allowed to make money.
The company reportedly banned Watson for propagating “negative stereotypes or segregational content,” according to information she reportedly told Rebel News host Andrew Chapados. “Asked Patreon why they decided to ban me. They didn't answer,” tweeted the unverified Twitter account purporting to be Watson. “They note here they take into consideration everything you do outside their platform. This is batsh*t. This platform can hold your money hostage if they don't agree with what you do everywhere else. Insanity.”
Patreon dropped Watson for alleged hate speech, Reclaim The Net reported.
An unverified account purporting to be Lekach tweeted that Patreon banned him without warning mere hours after appearing on Alex Jones’s controversial InfoWars. “I’VE NEVER RECIEVED [sic] ANY WARNINGS FROM THEM. 725 PATRONS AND 4K A MONTH GONE,” Lekach said. Like Watson, Patreon reportedly censored Lekach for alleged hate speech.
This is not the first time Patreon has censored free speech, nor the first time that tech authoritarians targeted BlazeTV. Patreon staff changed its rules in 2018 to justify banning pro-free-speech YouTuber Sargon of Akkad, also known as Carl Benjamin. Prominent Canadian thought leader and clinical psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson and BlazeTV host Dave Rubin left Patreon in protest against the company’s anti-free speech actions and created their own alternatives. Rubin created payment platform Locals.com and Peterson created social networking service Thinkspot.
Twitter also previously stripped Lekach’s account verification badge after interviewing provocative conservative then-Florida congressional primary candidate Laura Loomer. The episode in question specifically targeted Big Tech and its allies.
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