Patreon

Commercial and Professional Services, Media and Entertainment

Risk Level:

Rating - Danger
High Risk

Summary:

Patreon has removed conservative figures from its fundraising platform due to "hate speech." Patreon's guidelines are vague and interpretative, giving the company the ability to terminate business relationships with whom it disagrees. The company has donated to Black Lives Matter, supported the Equality Act and various Human Rights Campaign (HRC) campaigns, among other causes. Patreon does not have viewpoint protections for its employees. For these reasons, Patreon receives a "High Risk" rating.

Criteria
Risk Level
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.

Risk Level
Rationale

Patreon has banned numerous influential conservative personalities, including BlazeTV host Sydney Watson, from using its platform, with little explanation and no possibility of appeal (1)(2). Patreon’s Community Guidelines regarding hate speech are extremely vague and subject to weaponized interpretation; for example, the company states that “criticism of a State, institution, or belief” must be “legitimate,” which reads as though the company itself is the arbiter of the legitimacy of its users’ opinions (3).

Criteria

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

Patreon does not have a charitable giving program.

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Patreon does not protect employees from viewpoint discrimination (1).

Corporate Governance and Public Policy
Criteria

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

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Rationale

Patreon is a member of the HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act and has signed the HRC’s Business Statement on Anti-LGBTQ Legislation (1)(2). Patreon also signed the HRC’s statement of opposition to an Iowa state law prohibiting the entry of transgender youth into women’s sports (3). Patreon signed an amicus brief opposing former President Donald Trump’s immigration policy (4). Patreon also uses its Twitter platform to support left-wing organizations such as Black Lives Matter (BLM) and the HRC (5).

Criteria

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

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Rationale

In 2020, Patreon donated $25,000 to the BLM organization (1).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
N/A
Rationale

Patreon does not have a PAC or make political contributions.

All links were last accessed and all information was updated on:
January 3, 2023

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