Last updated: August 11, 2016
The TLDR of the below guidelines is this: be respectful of the people and communities on Patreon. People are different. That’s what’s beautiful about the internet: communities of varying types can assemble and flourish. We want Patreon to be an intimate and safe venue for a diverse range of creators and their communities.
Patreon is for artists, creators, and people who bring ideas... Don’t put up fake pages or collect money for things you’re not actually doing. You also can’t use Patreon as a prank or to fund non-activity. For example, no Creator is allowed to collect funds for *not doing* something, or to fund the distribution of creations that are not yours.
Patreon should feel like a safe place for normal people. We don’t allow bullying or harassment on Patreon. At the same time, we want people to be able to express themselves, be critical, and discuss controversial issues. We recognize that discussing celebrities, media or other public figures can sometimes involve harsh criticism, and we believe that is an appropriate part of free debate. That said, there is no room on Patreon for hate speech or serious threats of violence. For us, hate speech includes serious attacks on people based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or serious medical condition.
Patreon is not for pornography, but some of the world’s most beautiful and historically significant art often depicts nudity and sexual expression. Because of that, we allow nudity and suggestive imagery, as long as it is marked NSFW. Think of the policy as allowing “R Rated” movies... but not porn. In keeping with our strong commitment to safety, we have zero tolerance for content that sexualizes children in any way. The glorification of rape and sexual violence is also not ok, Patreon reserves the right to review and remove accounts that may violate this guideline.
We don’t allow funds to be collected for organizations that promote, forums that distribute, or anything else that primarily facilitates harmful or dangerous activities. For example, an organization that promotes sexual abuse, intellectual property violations, weapons, commercial spamming, self harm, drug manufacturing techniques, or property crimes would be prohibited from receiving funds through Patreon.
Because Patreon empowers people financially, we impose restrictions not only on the types of media and projects that can be funded on Patreon, but also on which people can and cannot receive funds through Patreon. After creating a Patreon page, any Creator caught in the act or convicted of making credible violent threats, committing violent crimes, malicious doxing, coordinating nonviolent harm such as fraud, or encouraging others to do the aforementioned harmful activities may be banned from using Patreon.
People with a dangerous criminal history or known affiliation with violent or dangerous groups including terrorist or cyberterrorist organizations, organized criminal groups, and violent hate groups, cannot receive funds through Patreon, no matter the purpose or apparent intention of their Patreon page. Similarly, anyone who has ever been convicted of child sex abuse, fraud, or money laundering is not permitted to collect funds through Patreon.
Creators who violate these community guidelines may be banned from using Patreon. Depending on the severity of the violation, a Creator may instead receive a strikes on his or her account. If you see a page on Patreon that you feel violates our community guidelines, please send us an email. Please also realize that Patreon is a diverse community, and while you may not necessarily agree with someone’s point of view, it may not be a violation of our community guidelines.
These community guidelines exist to shape and guide Patreon and the growing number of creators and communities using it. This is not about building an arbitrary framework of right or wrong. It’s not even about what’s "legal" or "illegal." It’s about making Patreon a place where diverse people and communities feel excited, supported, and happy to exist, while still allowing for different and even conflicting points of view.
The above guidelines are a summary and reduction of a thorough, thoughtful, and living content policy that we spent months building and defining with community and safety experts. We’re proud of these guidelines, and we believe they will help creators build a safe and supportive environment in which they can continue to create, grow their patronbase, and build intimate and lasting relationships with their patrons.