Patreon Banned a Campaign Funding Ukrainian War Efforts
Patreon banned a nonprofit for raising money to support the Ukrainian military, and the organization has said it will fight the decision.
On Thursday, the Patreon page for the Return Alive Foundation—one of the biggest non-governmental organizations in Ukraine that supports the country’s military and veterans—gained popularity on social media. Many people pointed out that its membership levels were named for and accompanied by illustrations for ”bullets,” “projectiles,” and “bombs.”
“Patreon does not allow any campaigns involved in violence or purchasing of military equipment, regardless of their cause,” a spokesperson for Patreon told Motherboard on Thursday, pointing to the platform’s “harmful activities” policy, which states that “you cannot promote illegal activities such as property crime, distribution of illegal weapons, or drug manufacturing.” The spokesperson said the platform was investigated specifically because of the representations…