Crowdfunding site Patreon is purging far-right figures

David Gilbert Dec 7, 2018
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The owner of one of the top-grossing accounts on Patreon, the author and podcaster Sam Harris, said he deleted his account and accused the crowdfunding website of exhibiting "political bias" when it banned several accounts of users on the conservative fringe.

Harris made the announcement Sunday night on Twitter, where he has 1.1 million followers.

"As many of you know, the crowdfunding site Patreon has banned several prominent content creators from its platform," Harris said. "While the company insists that each was in violation of its terms of service, these recent expulsions seem more readily explained by political bias. 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."

Harris' podcast, "Waking Up," has found significant support on the platform. According to Graphtreon, a site that tracks Patreon statistics, Harris had nearly 9,000 paying patrons at the end of November, when he had the fourth-largest podcast account and the11th-largest account overall. The site estimated that Harris made $23,000 to $65,000 from Patreon per episode.

 

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