MasterCard cuts Robert Spencer from his Patreon Account
Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch and author of several best-selling books such as Islam Unveiled and The History of Jihad had his Patreon account shut down on behalf of MasterCard, without providing an explanation, arousing suspicion as for the motives of this maneuver from Patreon among Robert’s followers, who believe the move was unfounded and political in nature.
Robert Spencer announced his account’s shutdown on Twitter: “I’ve been axed from Patreon, without explanation, warning or notice — no doubt as part of the ongoing efforts of the Left to deny all platforms to those who reject its agenda. To those who supported me there, thank you, and I’m sorry we couldn’t follow through on plans.”
Patreon’s official Twitter page responded: “Hi Robert, we emailed you earlier today which explained that unfortunately Mastercard required us to remove your account. You replied to us but if you have further questions we’re happy to keep emailing.”
Spencer followed up with: “Yes, since I didn’t have a MasterCard on the account, why did they have a say? Do they own
@Patreon? What are their requirements exactly, and how did I transgress them? You haven’t given me any reason. Is it because I am defamed and falsely accused by @SPLCenter?”
Spencer added that he only received the one email from Patreon in which they told him that MasterCard wouldn’t “work with me” and never recieved another email with an explanation when asked, putting Patreon’s credibility into question as to their statement saying that they’d been “emailing him” to explain the situation.