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Policy Date:

Apr 14, 2022

Hate speech
To summarize: Patreon connects creators to their patrons all over the world. We are a global platform built on promoting creativity, which makes us a very inclusive group. Therefore, there is no room on Patreon for projects funding hate speech, such as calling for violence, exclusion, or segregation. This includes serious attacks on people based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, serious medical conditions, caste, or immigration status.
When reviewing an account for a potential hate speech violation, we consider some of the following questions:
Is there a call for violence against someone based on a characteristic like those listed above?
Does the creator use dehumanizing language when talking about people based on one of the above characteristics?
Is the creator using racial slurs or negative depictions of someone based on a characteristic like those listed above?
Does the creator mock or deny the experience of victims of hate crimes such as the Holocaust?
Is the creator targeting people based on their immigration status in a discriminatory way or simply discussing immigration policy?
Is the statement legitimate criticism of a State, institution, or belief or does the context make it clear that the user is using code words or proxies to attack people based on the above characteristics?
This list is not exhaustive, but we want to be transparent about how we work in the gray areas between speech and action. There can be a fine line between political comments and hate speech. If you come across what you believe to be hate speech on Patreon, please take the time to report it.