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Patreon Changes Policies in Response to Backlash Over Banning Lauren Southern

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The CEO of Patreon took to YouTube and vowed to change their policies after facing a massive wave of backlash for permanently banning independent journalist Lauren Southern — alleging that her work could lead to death.

Patreon’s ban came over Southern’s involvement with Génération Identitaire’s Defend Europe mission, which aims to stop human trafficking by blocking NGO ships that are bringing illegal migrants into Europe instead of returning them to their home nations.

In a letter to Southern announcing her permanent ban, Patreon wrote “it appears that you are currently raising funds in order to take part in activities that are likely to cause loss of life. We have therefore decided to remove your page from Patreon, and paid out your final balance of $95.00 to you.” They also asserted that there was no appeals process, and nothing she could do about them taking away her income.

In May, Southern and other activists from the organization were detained by the Italian Coast Guard for attempting to halt a ship called the Aquarius, a German NGO boat, which has been illegally bringing migrants from the Libyan Sea to Sicily. Southern explained that the ship was on their way to go pick up more migrants and was empty at the time of their demonstration.

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Following the attempt, the group set out to crowdfund a much larger ship, and were successful in doing so. Gen ID raised over $164,000 from over 2,000 donors on the crowdfunding platform WeSearchr. The group has vowed to pick up any refugees who were stranded in the waters, and return them to the Libyan coast guard. It is unclear how Patreon sees this as causing the “loss of life.”

After Southern’s ban, social media erupted in outrage at the platform, as people pointed out their hyper partisan stance — and hypocrisy for not banning anarchist organizations such as “It’s Going Down” which encourage violence and vandalism.

In response, Patreon CEO Jack Conte made a video explaining their logic in claiming that Southern’s actions could lead to the “loss of life” and announced new policies to make his company “more transparent.” Conte, who frequently trashes Trump on social media, also repeatedly claimed that Patreon is non-partisan, as he spewed left-wing talking points and shared images used to promote the “refugee crisis” pity party narrative.

In a move that seems like an attempt to appease the right, he also quickly stated that the website was banning the account of It’s Going Down — though he claimed that this was not an effort to pander.

Conte repeatedly states that the company does not seek to find out conclusively if their beliefs about a creator are true, but rather use a system called “Manifest Observable Behavior,” meaning that if it looks like the creator is doing something against their rules, that is good enough reason to ban them.

Conte also announced in the video that they would be changing their policies to double the size of their trust and safety team, create an appeals process, implement a warning system for users at risk of being permanently banned, begin having continuous policy reform, implement a creator council, begin “improved policy education,” and a better notification process.

While he announced that they would implement an appeals process, it is unclear if that would apply to Southern — or just creators they decide to ban in the future.

“They haven’t offered to let me appeal,” Southern told Big League Politics. “If they did, I wouldn’t bother, the future for content creators now is cutting out the middleman. I’m doing that with my website and Sam Harris is starting soon as well. Patreon shot themselves in the foot.”

Patreon user, and award-winning journalist, Tim Pool created a video responding to Conte’s assertion that banning Southern’s was not political.

“In Jack Conte’s video, he goes on to discuss Manifest Observable Behavior, that Lauren Southern has in the past said she want’s to disrupt these NGO ships, and that there is a video showing her saying ‘get in front of the boats’ and ‘stop them,’” Pool began. “Now, Jack’s perspective on what Lauren is doing, and that it may result in a loss of life, is the perspective of the left. The left believes that these NGO ships are going to rescue refugees — people who are fleeing dangerous war torn situations and may end up drowning. When they see Lauren Southern on the boat, they say ‘wow, she is trying to stop a rescue mission’ and that may result in the loss of life.”

“However, the right feels that these NGO ships are either incentivising human traffickers or flat out working in collusion with them to ferry migrants from Libya to Italy. The important thing to consider if that the situation in the Mediterranean is very, very complicated.”

Pool went on to state that there are two different scenarios happening and that the left and the right view the situation differently. “Patreon’s takedown of Lauren Southern was a left-perspective,” he added.

“The right feels that if people can just stop the NGO ships, it will de-incentivise human traffickers who are putting people on dangerous and poorly maintained ships which sink and cause people to drown. They believe that these migrants are being lured to their deaths, essentially, because they believe that these NGO ships will rescue them and once they are in international waters they are safe,” Pool said.

In Conte’s video, he specifically used the infamous image of a 3-year-old little boy lying dead on a beach — having drowned. Two men were later convicted of human trafficking for putting this child on the boat. Pool notes that this gives merit to the right-wing perspective of the crisis.

Due to the left-wing bias of Patreon, several new crowdfunding websites aimed at allowing free speech are popping up online to replace them.

Southern, formerly a Rebel Media reporter, released a book last year titled “Barbarians: How Baby Boomers, Immigrants, and Islam Screwed My Generation.” She is most well known for her stances on immigration, feminism, and the freedom of speech.

 

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Democrat Congressman BLOCKS U.S. Veterans After Saying Strzok Deserves Purple Heart

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After receiving massive blowback and criticism for proclaiming that disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok deserves a purple heart, Congressman Steve Cohen, a Democrat who represents Tennessee’s 9th Congressional District, has decided to block Veterans who are responding to his ignorant remarks on Twitter.

During Strzok’s Congressional testimony on Thursday, Rep. Cohen sparked outrage when he told disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok that he should be awarded a Purple Heart.

“If I could give you a Purple Heart, I would. You deserve one. This has been an attack on you, in a way to attack Mr. Mueller, in the investigation that is to get at Russia collusion involved in our election,” Rep. Cohen said.
Cohen’s belief that Strzok deserves a Purple Heart, one of the highest military decorations that is awarded in the name of the US president to members of the military who are wounded or killed in any action against an enemy of the United States, quickly sparked outrage online by people who knew better than to make such a disrespectful and insulting comparison.

After receiving a lot of backlash the day following the testimony, Cohen said he now regrets what he said. “I regret using the term ‘Purple Heart.’ I used it metaphorically, not literally. I never thought literally it should be given to Agent Strzok.”

Instead of apologizing to Veterans who fought and risked their lives for our country, Rep. Cohen is using the block feature on Twitter so that Veterans and other critics can’t respond to Rep. Cohen.

Rep. Cohen has blocked so many veterans that a Twitter user created a Twitter page for all of the people, mostly veterans, who have been blacked by Cohen.

Hundreds of users took to Twitter on Saturday morning to explain why they are blocked by Rep. Cohen with the hashtag #HeBlockedMeToo.

 

“I wish my four surgeries to rebuild me were metaphoric. You owe us an apology, not a clarification of the words you used,” one U.S. Veteran tweeted.

One user tweeted, “I told him the story of how my uncle got his Purple Heart in Vietnam & died from Agent Orange. Told him he owed Veterans a very public apology. He blocked me.”

Despite these heartfelt messages from twitter users whose family members received the Purple Heart and veterans who were wounded in war, Rep. Cohen has continued to block people, blocking
Generals, Colonels, members of Congress and wounded Veterans.

US Army veteran Mark Footerman, who is also a fellow for Hill Vets, an organization that encourages veterans to create global impact tweeted, “Member of Congress, Rep. Cohen, has blocked me, an Army veteran, for criticizing his deeply disturbing statement that Peter Strzok deserves a Purple Heart because he has sat through a tough congressional hearing.”

A female combat veteran tweeted, “I was blocked but @RepCohen is a coward…this female Marine Veteran will call TN Rep Steve Cohen a coward all day @RepCohen is a coward #RepCohenIsACowardlyDemrat Democrats can’t handle the truth.”

James T, A US Air Force Veteran tweeted, “Funny, I just checked and I’m blocked too and I’ve never tweeted about him or to him. Maybe he blocks all veterans. What an ass.”

A wounded combat veteran tweeted, “This is what happens when a wounded vet stands up to a Congressman who wants to give a Purple Heart to lying, narcissistic cheater. Apparently, he [Rep.Cohen] hates Veterans.”

One user who said they only created Twitter so that they could reply to Cohen’s outrageous comments said they were immediately blocked by the Congressman. “I joined Twitter so that my voice would get through to @RepCohen. Looks like it did. He blocked me 1 hour and 30 min after I created my Twitter account.”

Cohen’s belief that Strzok deserves a Purple Heart, one of the highest military decorations that is awarded in the name of the US president to members of the military who are wounded or killed in any action against an enemy of the United States, quickly sparked outrage online by people who knew better than to make such a disrespectful and insulting comparison.

Not only was Rep. Cohen’s statement a slap in the face to all service men and women who have fought and served for the United States, but his intentional blocking of Veterans suggests that he has no respect or consideration for US veterans. On top of being anti-Veteran, anti-American, and anti-free speech, Rep. Cohen’s actions may have him in direct violation of the law. In May, a federal district court judge ruled that President Trump can’t block people from following his Twitter account. According to the judge, elected officials who block tweets with differing opinions constitutes viewpoint discrimination, which violates the First Amendment.

Thus, if President Trump cannot block twitter users who have opposing views, neither can Rep. Cohen, who is also an elected US politician.

Rep. Cohen’s office did not reply with a request for comment as to why the Democrat Congressman is intentionally blocking US veterans and Conservatives on Twitter.

Here is a collection of tweets from other US veterans and twitter users who also took to social media to ask why they had been blocked by Rep.Cohen.

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