Patreon issued a statement standing by their permanent ban of Carl “Sargon of Akkad” Benjamin for “hate speech”. They issued a short post over on the PatreonHQ on December 18th, 2018, with Jacqueline Hart explaining how Patreon came to the decision it did to ban Sargon of Akkad.
Hart quoted Sargon’s statements that led to Patreon banning his account. The quotes come from a livestream discussion on Michelle Catlin’s YouTube channel on February 7th, 2018, where Sargon stated…
“I just can’t be bothered with people who chose to treat me like this. It’s really annoying. Like, I — . You’re acting like a bunch of n*****s, just so you know. You act like white n*****s. Exactly how you describe black people acting is the impression I get dealing with the Alt Right. I’m really, I’m just not in the mood to deal with this kind of disrespect.”
“Look, you carry on, but don’t expect me to then have a debate with one of your f**gots.…Like why would I bother?…Maybe you’re just acting like a n****r, mate? Have you considered that? Do you think white people act like this? White people are meant to be polite and respectful to one another, and you guys can’t even act like white people, it’s really amazing to me.”
Patreon cites their community guidelines where they prohibit “hate speech”, even in off-site content made by the content creator, even if it’s content that they didn’t create. Since, in this case, Sargon was a guest on another YouTuber’s channel and was therefore Not creating content on behalf of his Patreon audience.
Nevertheless, Hart states that Sargon using the language in the stream – even though it wasn’t his YouTube channel nor his stream – was still enough for Patreon to ban the account. Hart wrote…
“Some people worry that we are reviewing content not posted on Patreon. As a funding platform, we don’t host much content, but we help fund creations across the internet. As a result, we review creations posted on other platforms that are funded through Patreon. Sargon is well known for his collaborations with other creators and so we apply our community guidelines to those collaborations, including this interview. […]
“In this case, Sargon used racial slurs to insult others and specifically linked those slurs with negative generalizations of behavior, in contrast to how people of other races act. He also used a slur related to sexual orientation to generally insult others.
“Taken in whole, with all of the context, this violates our community guidelines.”
A lot of people were very perturbed at Patreon overextending its reach to ban someone for saying something outside of the content created on their own channels.
In this way, Patreon has now opened the door to banning anyone for saying anything they classify as “hate speech” even when said outside or off-site of the creator’s channel.
Hart further justified this decision by claiming that this would be Patreon’s final stance, and that Sargon’s ban would not be lifted, writing…
“We understand some people don’t believe in the concept of hate speech and don’t agree with Patreon removing creators on the grounds of violating our Community Guidelines for using hate speech. We have a different view. Patreon does not and will not condone hate speech in any of its forms. We stand by our policies against hate speech. We believe it’s essential for Patreon to have strong policies against hate speech to build a safe community for our creators and their patrons.”
This is an identical view that Blizzard Entertainment has taken with content created relating to their games, such as Overwatch, where users can be banned from the game for off-site behavior.
(Thanks for the news tip Drudkh666)