A GlassDoor review left by an alleged former Patreon employee claims that the company told members of the trust and safety team to ignore child abuse content and protect “those attracted to minors”.
Reduxx reports that a former Patreon employee alleges in a recent GlassDoor review that the company required members of its trust and safety team to ignore child sex content on the platform and protect “people attracted to minors”. In other words, pedophiles.
Breitbart News reported earlier this month that the company had fired its entire security and privacy team in a huge move that many criticized, with some creators threatening to pull their content from the platform in protest.
Patreon said at the time, “The changes made this week will have no impact on our ability to continue to provide a safe and secure platform for our creators and patrons.”
On August 16, a former trust and safety specialist at Patreon posted on job review platform GlassDoor alleging that Patreon had been negligent in child protection matters, captioning their review “Illegal”. .
The former employee worked at Patreon for more than a year and claimed the company’s management actively encouraged employees to ignore child sex content unless instructed by law enforcement.
The ex-employee wrote:
Management and executives specifically tell us NOT to remove content that is illegal or reported to be of a sexual nature involving minors, unless the police contact a lawyer or we have a court order.
When others attempt to inform management that there is a merger of accounts selling obscene photographs of what appear to be children, all concerns are dismissed.
The review adds that Patreon superiors “advocate for customers who are Underage Attracted Persons (or MAPs)”, and ends by saying, “This is no way to run a business, this is not a way to allow children to be exploited on our platform like this.
In GlassDoor’s “management advice” section, the ex-employee wrote, “Have Federal Law Enforcement investigate the company, because there’s no way what we’re doing be legal.”
Patreon responded to the claims in a blog post saying the claims are completely baseless. The blog post states: “Dangerous and conspiratorial information has started circulating on social media recently, alleging that Patreon hosted child sexual abuse material (CSAM). We want to let all of our creators and patrons know that these claims are unequivocally false and set the record straight.
The company added two points to refute the claims:
First, let’s be clear: Patreon has zero tolerance for the sexualization of children or teenagers. We strive to keep our community safe on all fronts. We unequivocally prohibit creators from funding content dedicated to non-consensual or illegal sexual themes and regularly review creator accounts to ensure that the creators behind adult campaigns are over the age of 18. , the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), and INHOPE because we are committed to making the Internet safer.
Second: The important responsibility of monitoring illegal content according to Patreon’s community guidelines falls to our Trust and Safety team, who take this job very seriously. The security organization, on the other hand, focuses on securing things like user and payment data on the platform. The recent changes we have made to our security organization have been designed to strengthen security efforts through in-house and partner expertise. These vital efforts are completely independent of the Trust & Safety team’s charter to protect the platform from harmful and illegal content.
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Lucas Nolan is a reporter for Breitbart News covering free speech and online censorship issues. Follow him on Twitter @LucasNolan