American libertarian political commentator Dave Rubin has introduced he’s turning to Bitcoin (BTC) in lieu of the crowdfunding platform Patreon, in protest in opposition to the latter’s alleged censorship practices. Rubin made his announcement on Twitter Jan. 6.
In an interview with the Washington Examiner final week, Rubin explained his resolution to depart Patreon — which reportedly accounts for “between 60-70 percent” of his funding — as taking “a stand against the ever-moving encroachment on free speech, on free expression” on mainstream platforms.
Rubin, who has a background in stand-up comedy, is the creator and host of The Rubin Report — an independently produced, long-form on-line interview present and podcast with a concentrate on politics and present affairs.
The Rubin Report has earned a repute for its illustrious array of controversial friends and for its critique of what Rubin types because the failures of in the present day’s “regressive left,” specifically the latter’s allegedly inordinate, “illiberal” concern for political correctness.
While social media networks resembling Facebook and Twitter have confronted mounting criticism from conservatives over the notion they excessively filter and suppress right-leaning content material, Patreon is notably not a content-hosting website, however a funding platform.
Nonetheless, the platform has lately moved to ban Youtube far-right polemicist Carl Benjamin — aka Sargon of Akkad — for reportedly utilizing the N-word throughout an interview with a bunch on a third-party Youtube account. Patreon has justified the motion as being an extension of its group pointers — a prohibition on hate speech — to one in every of its customers’ exterior collaborations.
In a video posted to the Rubin Report channel Jan. 3, Rubin explicitly remoted the motion in opposition to Sargon because the impetus for his resolution to ditch the platform in favor of a censorship-resistant type of funding — which, in accordance to his most up-to-date Twitter announcement, has transpired to be Bitcoin. The crypto group enthusiastically responded to the information with crypto advice forward of Rubin’s self-proclaimed Patreon deletion date, set for Jan. 15.
As reported in the present day, controversial social media website Gab — which presents itself as a haven for uncensored speech on-line, however whose critics deem it to be an “echo chamber” for alt- or far-right views — has announced it’s turning to Square’s Cash App to transact and obtain Bitcoin (BTC) donations. Gab’s company account on crypto alternate Coinbase had been closed in December, with media stories on the time citing the platform’s contentious repute as potential grounds for closure.
Gab was notably one of many first respondents to Rubin’s request, claiming it had transferred 0.0025 BTC to his handle.