Patreon Puts Crimp on Porn Crowdfunding

Patreon Puts Crimp on Porn Crowdfunding
Rhett Pardon

SAN FRANCISCO — Patreon, the crowdfunding site meant for recurring support, has updated its community guidelines to make its rules involving porn more stringent.

The new policies, published last week, threaten to shut down campaigns of those who “produce pornographic material such as maintaining a website, funding the production of movies or providing a private webcam session.”

Patreon’s new guidelines further spell out the boundaries for campaigns that might be defined as having a BDSM edge.

“We also do not allow other fringe sexual fetish content, such as incest, necrophilia, or fetish content that is hard to distinguish from non-consensual sex,” the guidelines said.

Patreon has always been porn shy, but creators were only asked to flag their content as not safe for work. Now, pages that are flagged as containing adult content are removed from Patreon’s search.

“When you are flagged as adult content your page is removed from our search,” the updated guidelines said. “We also require that all public content on your page be appropriate for all audiences.

“Because Patreon empowers people financially, we impose restrictions not only on the types of content and projects that can be funded through Patreon, but also on which people can and cannot receive funds through Patreon."

For those who need clarification about the new adult content policy can contact Patreon at guidelines@patreon.com.

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