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Question Raised Against Patreon’s Restriction On Pornography

It’s been a great disappointment spread among the mass number of people after the explicit ban on the sale of pornographic content and sexual services.

But some of the members have accused the firm of betraying them as the activity was not illegal.

This Wednesday, Chief Executive of Patreon has thrown a letter explaining, “We know people who would be homeless if it wasn’t for making porn on Patreon – and it’s not a small number. Your fuzzy position on ‘adult content’ versus ‘porn’ gives you the freedom to discriminate at will.

And it makes content creators live in fear of that discrimination, itself leading to self-censorship of important viewpoints.”

Patreon provides its members with a way to charge a monthly subscription fee for an ongoing service, from which it takes a cut.

Their activities involve delivery of podcasts, music, training videos and artistic performances.

The site’s legal chief said on 17th October that “a small number of creators” were involved to make adult contents.

“You can’t use Patreon to raise funds in order to produce pornographic material such as maintaining a website, funding the production of movies, or providing a private webcam session”, stated by the San Francisco-based firm’s community.

Prior to this the wording was less detailed, stating instead that “Patreon is not for pornography, but some of the world’s most beautiful and historically significant art depicts nudity and sexual expression”.

That letter extends, “Porn is a multi-billion-dollar industry mostly in the hands of well-heeled men,” the letter adds.

You were helping us hold it in our own hands. We ask you to take a stand on behalf of the sex workers who use your platform, their fans, and everyone who supports freedom of expression.”

Dr Bernie Hogan from the University of Oxford’s Internet Institute commented, “And for some people, the notion that there is a strong distinction between porn that is bad and other expression that is good is not as tenable as it used to be.

But it makes sense that [Patreon] would try to get more conservative as it tries to scale up. And I imagine there has been a particular use case… that has been trouble for it.”

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