Update: Jan 6
There's a lot of discussion going on about possible payment processor collusion against some. Patreon (or other patronage platforms) "conservative" payment processor providers (More on Timcast). This problem seems to occur to the patronage portion only. Advertising on the videos is not affected. Many Patronage providers allow visitors to see all content "free" even if not patrons. Were the same content behind paywalls (that is a mandatory paid subscription), it seems as though the credit card companies would not be involved. The content in a Patronage environment is essentially "free" (although some content can be reserved for patrons) and tends to have a wider audience base. From the viewpoint of the provider, the he/she makes a living from the patronage (perhaps) and maybe the ads. So in one sense the content pays for itself, but in another sense it does not. The credit card companies seem particularly sensitive to activism regarding content sites that ask for sponsorship. I wonder if this observation helps with the FTC litigation being proposed.