Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Pool confronts Patreon CEO Jack Conte; then notes how activist attack on Tucker Carlson shows that conservatives may value their personal dignity too much





There’s more to report today about Patreon and its policy of removing content providers who engage in what they consider hate speech even on platforms other than theirs.  They take the position that they are funding off platform behavior and that affects their brand. 

Tim Pool reports on his conversation with Jack Conte, and this shows that Patreon’s rules are still inconsistent and unclear.


A subsequent video post by Pool, concerning Tucker Carlson, mentions that the left is much more vigorous in combative activism than the traditional right (outside evangelicals perhaps) which it sees beneath its dignity.  This strategy makes advertisers unwilling to sponsor the presentation of conservative political ideas, so they fade from discussion.  Of course, free content can provide another wrinkle to the discussion.
    
 Pool had a spate with Sarah Jeong who accuses him of "surveillance" on protestors, as if he had no empathy for group plight. 
  
I wanted to return for a moment to the “skin in the game” idea, and recall the unwillingness of Facebook to boost a non-partisan issue post about national security when the post didn’t attempt to sell anything. Given the Russian situation, that makes Facebook suspicious, despite proving normal identity with a driver’s license photo. I could have tried to let a company sell faraday bags on my page, they hinted. 

Well, imagine you are trying to boost a post supporting the Second Amendment (as interpreted now). 
  The logic of the policy on issue ads (since June) would mean you would need to be selling weapons, which of course is not allowed. So you really can’t even boost the “conservative” position on their platform.

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