Intellectual Dark Web leaders Jordan Peterson and Dave Rubin have announced they are forming an alternative to Patreon, citing what they view as active censorship of politically conservative voices on the crowdfunding site.
The site has terms of service similar to Twitter’s, but has banned prominent members who have not directly violated the terms so much as violated boundaries of political ideology. That Peterson, who recently published a best-selling book, “12 Rules for Life,” and Rubin, who features interviews and debates on the “Rubin Report,” felt compelled to start up a brand new version of this site speaks to how severely the push to rid online spaces of right-leaning voices is being viewed. Both are high-ranking Patreon personalities.
The atheist intellectual Sam Harris is one of Patreon’s top-earning users, and he has also abandoned the platform over this incident. Since all three make tens of thousands of dollars a month through the website, this decision is likely to cost them a large portion of their incomes.
Here’s What Happened
Rubin said they decided to start a new platform because Patreon banned a user this month over the content of a YouTube video that had nothing to do with the platform. In the video, he used the n-word and a number of other expletives to voice his frustration with members of the alt-right. In the joint video announcement of their new venture, Rubin and Peterson criticized the platform’s decision to boot the user, Carl Benjamin, without any recourse or semblance of due process.