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As users leave Patreon due to censorship based on political bias, the rabbit hole goes deeper -- Society's Child --
Conservative author Robert Spencer was booted from Patreon last year at the behest of Mastercard. Independent journalist Nick Monroe recently went down the rabbit hole of evidence that Mastercard is engaging in censorship.
patreon  banking  money  censorship  freespeech  creditCards 
8 days ago by Jswindle
A Digital Iron Curtain Descends Over the Internet | Frontpage Mag
The platforms would be transformed into publishers, and tasked with the obligation, not of serving their free users or even their paid advertisers, but the social good, as defined by the media echo chamber. Their job would be to promote politically good content, such as that of the media, and penalize politically bad content, such as that produced by conservatives. And then the digital curtain falls.
freespeech  Internet  ironCurtain  censorship 
17 days ago by Jswindle
How Hacker News stays interesting
"HN moderators buried my post. It was wise curation, not censorship."
socialcomputing  HackerNews  censorship  freespeech  via:HackerNews 
22 days ago by mcherm
Dark day for press freedom in Canada
Canadian journalist ordered to turn over interview notes.
freespeech  media  journalism 
29 days ago by net.wars
DNA scientist James Watson stripped of honors over views on race | World news | The Guardian
James Watson (who helped determine the structure of DNA and thus how it functioned) is being dropped (at age 90) by the lab where he was listed because of his statements that Africans are genetically inferior in IQ.
racism  freespeech  JamesWatson 
5 weeks ago by mcherm CEO Andrew Torba's personal account banned from Coinbase - btc
I post on free speech in a discussion of Coinbase actively participating in censorship (perhaps at the bequest of MasterCard or the US government).
mypostings  coinbase  censorship  freespeech  bitcoin 
6 weeks ago by mcherm
We Have a Right to Boycott Israel
Some in Congress are considering a bill making it illegal to boycott Israel.
law  freespeech  via:reddit  personal_net 
6 weeks ago by mcherm
Hate Speech on Patreon – art/work -behind the scenes at patreon
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.
patreon  freespeech  hatespeech  politics 
6 weeks ago by bwiese
Patreon Bars Anti-Feminist for Racist Speech, Inciting Revolt - The New York Times
Sam Harris, the polemical atheist neuroscientist known for his popular podcast “Waking Up,” was making tens of thousands of dollars a month from fans who donated to him through Patreon, a crowdfunding site.

That stopped this month. On Dec. 6, Patreon kicked the anti-feminist polemic Carl Benjamin, who works under the name Sargon of Akkad, off its site for using racist language on YouTube. That same week, it removed the right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos a day after he opened an account.

The moves prompted a revolt. Mr. Harris, citing worries about censorship, announced that he would leave Patreon. He was joined in protest by about half a dozen other prominent members of the site, including the conservative-leaning psychologist Jordan Peterson and the libertarian podcaster Dave Rubin, who also earn money from Patreon.

“The concept of hate speech is irreducibly subjective and vague,” said Nadine Strossen, author of “Hate: Why We Should Resist It With Free Speech, Not Censorship.”

1) If someone has breached Patreon’s policy, the company contacts the offender with a specific plan, which usually involves asking for the content to be removed and for a public apology.
2) Patreon has to decide what qualifies as a sincere and thorough apology.
3) “You cannot say those words on our platform. It doesn’t matter who you’re directing them at.”
patreon  freespeech  politics  youtube  socialmedia 
6 weeks ago by bwiese

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