Patreon Joins Other Platforms In Banning Q-Anon
Patreon is a platform for creators to receive financial compensation for their work. Now, it won’t be an option for those promoting Q-Anon conspiracy theories.
Facebook and Twitter have both recently made efforts, in varying degrees, to limit the ability of Q-Anon adherents to use these platforms to promote their dangerous conspiracy theories. However, the unsupported ideas floated by these believers still keep growing and circulating. Wired warned earlier this month that this kind of deplatforming won’t eliminate the threat, citing holes in Facebook’s policy and the ease with which adherents code their messages. Still, some platforms are choosing to at least not actively and freely participate in spreading the stories that Wired summed up as the idea that “President Trump is secretly battling a Hollywood-Jewish-Democrat-deep state-globalist cabal of Satanist-murderer-pedophile-human traffickers.”
Now Patreon has become the latest platform to make an effort to stop being a part of the spread. The company announced it on their blog, dividing Q-Anon-connected accounts into three groups: those actively focused on spreading the wild theories; those who have some Q-Anon content but aren’t focused on it, and those who analyze or discuss but do not promote Q-Anon ideas.
Dedicated Q-Anon accounts will be removed from the Patreon platform completely, those with some Q-Anon content will be asked to correct it, and those who discuss but do not promote Q-Anon will be unaffected.
[T]here are a small number of creators on the platform who have supported the QAnon conspiracy theory with their work. Because of this, and the fact that we have seen a number of other online platforms become overrun with pages and groups actively focused around QAnon disinformation, we are taking action.
This has already happened on other platforms — last month, YouTuber Liz Crokin complained when the Shopify platform removed her products that were Q-Anon items, claiming that by preventing her from selling t-shirts and hats with Q-Anon logos, the platform was protecting pedophiles.