Patreon’s Coverage Workforce is again with our newest Creator Coverage Engagement Program (CPEP) replace. Right here’s what we’re centered on this quarter:
- Updating you on the approaching rollout of the Belief & Security improvement we previewed in June.
- Implementing a cost processor’s requirement to confirm that sure creators of grownup/18+ content material are over 18. (Particulars and subsequent steps under.)
Belief & Security improvement rolling out this month
Final quarter, we previewed a Belief & Security improvement that lets content material moderators who encounter gentle situations of content material being outdoors Patreon’s Tips to quickly conceal that content material from patron view with out freezing the creator’s entire Patreon marketing campaign. This enables any mandatory moderation to be made with out disrupting the creator from in any other case working as normal (including content material, participating with patrons, and accumulating payouts, and so forth). In the present day, we’re comfortable to share that moderators will start utilizing this new functionality within the coming weeks. For extra on this improvement and the way it will profit creators, try the recording of our June livestream.
Age verifying sure grownup/18+ creators*
*In case your marketing campaign is categorized as protected for all audiences, reasonably than grownup/18+, be at liberty to skip forward to the subsequent part. (By “grownup/18+” we imply protected for audiences 18 years or older.)
Final October, we shared that cost processing networks would quickly require us, and different platforms internet hosting grownup/18+ content material, to confirm that creators of grownup/18+ content material are over 18. (For context: cost processors assist Patreon get creators paid. With these modifications, their intention is to fight unlawful content material like revenge porn and Little one Intercourse Abuse Materials). We requested in your questions, issues, and concepts across the age verification course of, which we’ve since been working to handle and incorporate. Now, as promised, we’re again with new specifics, subsequent steps, and sources to assist make the method as simple and inclusive as attainable.
Age verification is required of grownup/18+ creators whose campaigns embody a number of works containing nudity or sexually express content material. These works can take any type, for example: audio, textual content, and/or visible (together with animations and depictions of human beings).
Creators presently categorized as grownup/18+ whose campaigns include no nudity or sexually express content material are eligible to choose out of age verification. These creators can bypass age verification by recategorizing their campaigns to “protected for all audiences.” Extra on this within the subsequent part.
Rollout course of and subsequent steps
Grownup/18+ creators already on the platform who’re actively receiving subscription funds will begin listening to from us about age verification throughout the subsequent month. We designed an age verification rollout course of that prioritizes creator flexibility, with creators having the next choices:
- Go forward and full age verification utilizing a government-issued ID. We’ve partnered with a safe third occasion that’s world in scope and can confirm that you’re no less than 18 years outdated. Click on right here for far more on course of, privateness, safety, and so on.
- Recategorize as “protected for all audiences” in case your marketing campaign is eligible (see part above for eligibility particulars), which in apply opts you out of age verification. Right here’s how you are able to do that.
- Keep tuned for the power to make use of a non-government-issued ID for age verification. Due to creator enter, we’re creating a listing of other types of ID we will settle for that may meet the requirement. We’re providing creators this avenue within the title of privateness and inclusivity (two of the matters that got here up most frequently in your suggestions) and can share an replace on subsequent steps later this 12 months.
This versatile rollout section we’ve constructed will give grownup/18+ creators no less than two months to decide on the trail that’s proper for them. By the tip of 2022, as soon as the rollout section is over, creator payouts will change into contingent on grownup/18+ creators finishing age verification (both with a government-issued ID or with an authorized different type of ID) or, for these eligible, recategorizing to “protected for all audiences.”Campaigns that also don’t comply will finally be frozen till age verification is accomplished.
However relaxation assured: earlier than any payouts are impacted or pages are frozen, creators will obtain common reminders to make sure they’re conscious of the method and nothing comes as a shock. Our intention right here is to not be punitive, however reasonably to satisfy the cost processor’s phrases whereas additionally preserving creator alternative as greatest as attainable. To make sure the requirement is fulfilled, Patreon will convey all current creators into compliance by the second quarter of 2023.
Within the meantime, we’re compiling supplies to assist inform and help you alongside the best way. Listed here are two Assist Middle articles, which we’ll replace as acceptable:
Be part of us for our subsequent Creator Coverage Engagement Program Q&A:
To additional help grownup/18+ creators, our upcoming coverage livestream will prioritize their questions, each about age verification and grownup/18+ content material coverage as an entire. It is going to spotlight the Belief & Security replace we talked about above, as nicely. You should definitely RSVP and share your questions forward of time (even should you can’t be a part of stay, we’ll share a recording afterwards). We’ll additionally discipline your questions within the week following the livestream in our designated #policy-live-q3-2022 Discord channel.
We hope you’ll tune into the livestream later this month, and you’ll all the time attain the Coverage Workforce immediately at CreatorPolicy@Patreon.com. We respect your engagement and partnership as all the time and can speak to you quickly.