Not much time for an extended post today, but it is worth taking a look through this video here, which concerns the current legal wranglings between Patreon and Owen Benjamin’s Bears:
The simple takeaway is that Patreon is attempting to have its cake and eat it too.
(I never did understand that phrase as a child, and to be honest, I still don’t quite get it. But then I tend to be a very literal person.)
Now, yours truly may or may not have a certain amount of fiduciary interest in this whole circus – I’m not letting on either way – but it is certainly highly amusing to watch. It is really clear that Patreon never thought that it would be in a position to de-platform people, and when they found themselves doing precisely what they thought at one point was bad for business, they then panicked and decided that they needed to change the rules ASAFP to stop the problem that they CREATED FOR THEMSELVES from biting them in the ass.
It very obviously has not worked.
We shall see what happens. I have no particular interest in much armchair lawyering – I’m not a lawyer, I don’t pretend to be, and I have no clue what will happen. But I do think that Big Tech has just been put on notice.
Companies that purport to be “platforms” like Patreon, or “payment processors” like PayPal, now have a keen interest in this case. If the Bears succeed – and I have good reason to think that they will – then Big Tech will no longer be able to run roughshod with impunity over content providers and their subscribers.
This is especially important because one of our own, Roosh V himself, just got deplatformed from YouTube, which cuts off one of his primary sources of income these days. Does this amount to tortious interference by YouTube between Roosh and his subscribers and patrons? I don’t know. I doubt it, but I don’t know. I’ll leave it to lawyers to figure that one out.
But Roosh was a relatively easy target because he lives in the USA. American law distinguishes between platforms and publishers and gives platforms significant legal protections – which His Most Illustrious, Noble, August, Benevolent, and Legendary Celestial Majesty, the God-Emperor of Mankind, Donaldus Triumphus Magnus Astra, the First of His Name, the Lion of Midnight, may the Lord bless him and preserve him, could remove from them pretty easily if he were so inclined.
And he should be so inclined. They are working night and day to destroy his campaign and to ensure that his influence is rendered null and void, as if they could put the nationalist genie back in its bottle now.
European law, on the other hand, is far less forgiving toward Big Tech, which is why a number of freethinkers who use YouTube services in Europe have not been deplatformed, not yet.
If this lawfare approach against Patreon succeeds – and, again, I believe that it will – then we are looking at a huge change in the balance of power between users and platforms. And that is very much to the good.
Let’s see where this goes. One thing is for sure – the fireworks are going to be a lot of fun to watch.