Creators on crowdfunding site Patreon are reporting heavy losses in financial backers as users are fleeing the platform in protest over its censorship of political commentators, including Sargon of Akkad.
On Thursday, popular author Jordan B. Peterson declared, “I have lost about 2000 Patreons @Patreon since the debacle with Sargon of Akkad. I know [Dave Rubin] is having the same trouble.”
I have lost about 2000 Patreons @Patreon since the debacle with Sargon of Akkad. I know @RubinReport is having the same trouble. Are other Patreon creators suffering similar losses as people bail out of the platform?
— Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) December 20, 2018
Conservative video creators 1791L also claimed to have lost “around 1/3” of its backers on Patreon, while political operative Ali Alexander claimed to have “lost 15-20%” of his “monthly revenue” due to users fleeing the platform.
Lost around 1/3.
— dietofworms.us (@1791L) December 20, 2018
I’ve lost 15-20% of my monthly revenue
— Ali Alexander (@ali) December 21, 2018
I've lost around half, roughly $600-$700
— Count Dankula🏴 (@CountDankulaTV) December 20, 2018
Lost about 25% 😤
— ★ AKIRA THE DON ★ (@akirathedon) December 20, 2018
Others who reported losses on Patreon included CRTV host Roaming Millennial, podcast Sword and Scale, Quilette editor Andy Ngo, and YouTube content creator Shamien. Sword and Scale went so far as to say they will leave the Patreon platform when a viable alternative is created.
As the fifth largest content creator on @Patreon, we do not feel the policing of speech should be part of the business model.
— Sword & Scale (@SwordAndScale) December 18, 2018
This month, popular author Sam Harris, who was the eleventh most popular user on Patreon, closed his account in protest over the platform’s censorship of political commentators.
“As many of you know, the crowdfunding site Patreon has banned several prominent content creators from its platform. While the company insists that each was in violation of its terms of service, these recent expulsions seems more readily explained by political bias,” declared Harris in a statement this week. “Although I don’t share the politics of the banned members, I consider it no longer tenable to expose any part of my podcast funding to the whims of Patreon’s ‘Trust and Safety’ committee. I will be deleting my Patreon account tomorrow.”
Patreon has purged several notable conservative and libertarian accounts from its platform, including Sargon of Akkad, Robert Spencer, Lauren Southern, and Brittany Pettibone.
Following the exodus of users from Patreon, the company allegedly reached out to creators on the website in an effort to reassure them and make them stay.
Evidence that @patreon/@patreonsupport/@jackconte are feeling some heat. Don’t pretend that you care about me, my channel, or my patrons. You’ll delete my account the second I say a bad word. pic.twitter.com/AovfNxRs0R
— Matt Christiansen (@MLChristiansen) December 11, 2018