Eventbrite

California
Software and Services

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Danger
High Risk

Eventbrite has canceled many events, including events for Matt Walsh, Riley Gaines, and Chloe Cole, due to "hate speech" or "safety concerns." The company frequently cancels events held by Christian and conservative groups that promote traditional views of gender and sex. Eventbrite promoted Black Lives Matter (BLM) rallies and protests as well as Hamas-affiliated events. The company opposed various state and local legislation intended to protect parental rights, girls’ sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces. Eventbrite does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees. For these reasons, Eventbrite receives a High Risk rating.

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Rationale
Corporate Weaponization
Criteria

Has denied service to customers, suppliers, or vendors due to their political views or religious beliefs OR corporately boycotts, divests, or sanctions regions, people groups, or industries.

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Rationale

Eventbrite removed Matt Walsh’s “What is a Woman?” event from its platform, stating that the event had violated its terms (1)(2). The company canceled payments for an event with conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza for “spreading misinformation (3). Eventbrite also de-platformed an event held by The American Conservative about COVID-19 vaccines (4). Eventbrite has also canceled the American Constitutional Rights Union and Women for America First (5)(6). The company canceled its hosting page for another Matt Walsh event at Stanford University on February 27, 2023 (7). Eventbrite canceled an event put on by the faith-based Palmetto Family Council featuring notable de-transitioner Chloe Cole for violating its standards on “hateful, violent, and dangerous events” (8). Eventbrite denied service to Riley Gaines for an on-campus event in California, saying that this event was not permitted on Eventbrite because “[Eventbrite does] not allow content or events that – through on- or off-platform activity – discriminate against, harass, disparage, threaten, incite violence against, or otherwise target individuals or groups based on their actual or perceived race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, immigration status, gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, age, or disability” (9)(10). Earlier in 2023, Eventbrite removed the page for “Let Women Speak Austin,” an event focused on protecting women’s sex-specific spaces like bathrooms (11)(12).

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Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.

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N/A
Rationale

Eventbrite does not publish charitable giving guidelines.

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Employment policies fail to protect against discrimination based on political affiliation/views and/or religion.

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Rationale

Eventbrite does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees (1).

Corporate Governance and Public Policy
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Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.

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Eventbrite promoted protests and rallies for BLM (1). The company advocates for LGBTQ promotion, the #HireBlack initiative, and other DEI causes (2). On Mother’s Day, Founder and CEO Julia Hartz tweeted, “As we honor from who we came today, I’m personally reflecting on the power and privilege of choice. To all the incredible partners lauding their mothers and loved ones today, thank you for joining us in ensuring our daughters will have the power and privilege of choice (3).” Eventbrite supported the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would federalize elections (4). Eventbrite’s CEO Julia Hartz is a signatory to CEOs For Gun Safety (5). The company opposed various state and local legislation intended to protect parental rights, girls’ sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces (6).

Criteria

Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.

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Rationale

Eventbrite has not used corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies (1).

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Uses corporate political contributions for ideological, non-business purposes.

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Rationale

Eventbrite does not operate a PAC or engage in lobbying at this time (1)(2)(3).

All links were last accessed and all information was updated on:
February 19, 2024

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