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Sam Harris Deletes Patreon Account in Protest of Corporate Censorship

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Atheist commentator and “intellectual dark web” figure Sam Harris announced that he would be deleting his Patreon account in response to the company’s gravitation towards political censorship Sunday night. In a statement on Twitter, Harris explained that although he didn’t share the political views of those who were banned, he no longer saw a reason to patronize an engine of political censorship puppeteered by Patreon’s “Trust and Safety” committee.

Patreon is a fundraising platform that provides a means for content creators of various sorts to be supported by their fans. Harris’ departure from the platform, which he used as a way for his fans to support his podcast, could singlehandedly represent a threat to the San Francisco company’s business model, as the author’s account was the 13th biggest on the entire website.

A few suspensions of prominent Patreon users on transparently political grounds had directed a wave of criticism towards the company. Liberal centrist YouTuber Sargon of Akkad was purged from the platform earlier this month, and other figures recently deleted entirely from Patreon include Milo Yiannopoulos and counter-jihad author Robert Spencer.

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Despite a deluge of bannings targeting any content creator even vaguely located on the political right, a bevy of nakedly violent left-wing extremists continue to use Patreon to raise funds for activities that are openly violent and terroristic.

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Patreon’s CEO, Jack Conte has taken numerous opportunities to make his leftist views clear to the world. He’s spoken of his “disgust” for Donald Trump, and has described patriotic immigration laws as the antithesis of “everything we’re building at Patreon.

The corporate left will stop at nothing to silence skepticism and critical inquiry that represents a threat to the dream of a progressive, milquetoast political climate that places the premises of the left beyond question. It remains unlikely that Harris’ departure, while impactful, will prevent Silicon Valley tech bigwigs from continuing on their cultural quest for a sterile and boring corporate online environment in which Big Brother is placed beyond reproach.

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MeWe Goes Big Tech Authoritarian, Opts for Political Censorship

This is no different than a Big Tech platform.

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Supposed Big Tech alternative MeWe is opting for the path of political censorship and repression, caving to demands of media leftists to censor right-leaning political content.

MeWe’s administrators confirmed they would close so-called ‘Stop the Steal’ groups and purge their content from its platform earlier this month.

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MeWe styles itself as somewhat of a Facebook alternative, advertising user privacy and independence from a data surveillance business model. MeWe’s administrators have taken to signalling against real free speech social media platforms such as Parler and Gab, a thumb in the face of their largely anti-establishment user base, many of whom joined the service to begin with in pursuit of a Facebook alternative that doesn’t censor.

An overwhelming majority of Americans who attended ‘Stop the Steal’ protests are peaceful and non-violent, with only a handful getting out of control during the January 6th raucous US Capitol riot. MeWe’s decision to implement political censorship en masse makes it no different than the worst Big Tech authoritarians, except for the deceptive marketing of a free speech social media platform.

In any event, a social media platform that bans arbitrarily defined “haters” is almost assured to have draconian anti-free speech policies. MeWe has opted for the path of a minuscule Big Tech clone in a betrayal of its own user base. Gab offers a wide range of social services without the politically correct censorship, and MeWe’s users should embrace it as the real home of free speech online.


Follow me on Gab @WildmanAZ, Twitter @Wildman_AZ, and on Parler @Moorhead.

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