Patreon starts purging fan art of characters below a certain height and chest size

In the latest escalation of the platform’s ongoing authoritarian efforts to take freedom of expression from the hands of creators, Patreon has reportedly taken steps to ban artwork featuring characters below a certain height and/or bust.

Source: Dead or Alive 5 (2012), Koei Tecmo

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This new policy first came to light on June 1, when artist @Laosduude asked Patreon’s support about why his account was suddenly and seemingly arbitrarily identified as violating site policies.

As seen in a shared post by @Laosduude to TwitterIn response, a Patreon representative named Marty explained to the artist that his account could regain a good reputation if he edited some of his artwork that the site’s staff believe depicts characters with “underage” characteristics.

Patreon starts purging fan art of characters below a certain height and chest size

Source: @Laosduude Twitter

“While you can use the Tanner scale [a scale used to measure a person’s sexual maturity based on the presence or absence of various secondary human sex characteristics] for reference,” Marty instructed.

“You may also want to consider aligning specific physical characteristics more with the physical development of a mature adult. Some examples that come to mind are head-to-body ratio, height and/or chest size,” the rep added. † “Updating these features would be a step in the right direction; feel free to send any renderings my way so we can monitor progress against our guidelines.

Patreon starts purging fan art of characters below a certain height and chest size

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Marty concluded: “Updating these features would be a step in the right direction; feel free to send any renderings my way so we can monitor progress against our guidelines.

“That’s every Marie Rose anime I’ve ever made that should be removed from my main social media,” said @Laosduude† “Now part of the Elin and Horse club alt social. I saw that even Smutbase, a place of public 3D models, also had to remove Marie Rose and similar content.”

Patreon starts purging fan art of characters below a certain height and chest size

Source: Dead or Alive 5 (2012), Koei Tecmo

Sure enough, as noted by @Laosduude, the 3D modeling-focused site Smutbase also received “a notice from Patreon regarding certain uploads violating their Community Guidelines and Terms of Use.”

“Patreon enforces their policies not just for content posted to their site, but for anything a creator does that is funded through their site,” site owner ‘Salaryman’ stated via the site’s Discord (via Sankaku Complex) on 25 May. “That means that all content on Smutbase, Open3DLab, and SFMLab must also conform to Patreon behavior per association. Their demands were: remove the content provided as an example. But also check out ALL CONTENT LINKED TO THE PATREON PAGE.”

Patreon starts purging fan art of characters below a certain height and chest size

Source: Smutbase Discord (via Sankaku Complex)

Salaryman further explained: “To comply with the content guidelines, all content on the sites must be rated for ‘sexual assault/rape/non-scam graphics’, ‘sexualized portrayal of minors (including lolicon/shotacon)’, as well as certain types of furry content (wild, bestiality, etc.) This includes situations where the project or model itself might be acceptable, but the preview images are suggestive or violate the aforementioned content policies.

“This is not an easy task,” he agrees. There are thousands of uploads on the sites, and to review something that may have slipped through the cracks would take me ages to process. And I have less than two weeks to comply or I risk being banned from Patreon.”

“So I’m asking for your help in reviewing/moderating all existing Smutbase, Open3DLab, and SFMLab!” exclaimed the site administrator at the conclusion of his message. I’m looking for a group of maybe 10 people initially. Maybe more if we don’t get through the uploads fast enough.”

Patreon starts purging fan art of characters below a certain height and chest size

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In response to this request, Salaryman notified site users of ongoing review efforts on May 29, noting that “some projects have had their title and description updated. Some projects have had their preview images removed or removed. Some projects will be removed soon.”

“As for the projects that will be removed, a significant number of uploads will be removed,” he said. “This list primarily includes projects with (questionable) anime characters, haggard furry content, or gore, previously believed to be within acceptable content guidelines, or not manually reviewed. Especially for fans of Genshin Impact, My Hero Academia, Pokemon and wild dragons and dinosaurs will be particularly crushed.”

As seen on the playful title “Bye Bye List,” working with characters such as Gwen Stacy from Into The Spider-Verse, Ochako Uraraka from My Hero Academia, and nearly every member of the Genshin Impact cast.

Patreon starts purging fan art of characters below a certain height and chest size

Source: Smutbase Discord (via Sankaku Complex)

In a follow-up post to the site’s Discord some time later, Salaryman announced that after submitting 300 of the site’s uploads to Patreon for final review, “about 50 will be permanently removed unless the preview images are cleaned/updated/deleted.” .”

“Personally, I’m not very happy with the scatter/inconsistent results of Patreon’s last review of the list,” he added, “but it’s good to know that the list of pages with really unacceptable content is much smaller than before. “

Patreon starts purging fan art of characters below a certain height and chest size

Source: Smutbase Discord (via Sankaku Complex)

“In addition,” Salaryman revealed, “another requirement from Patreon was to better clean/moderate the Discord server.”

“I still don’t know what to do there,” he told users. “I deleted the post they disagreed with, but their demand was to go through every media file ever posted here. Which is just not feasible for a chat with 6 years of history. So I could choose to selectively back go and delete a few files, just destroy all chat history and be done with it, or do nothing at all.

He finally concluded: “Once that is settled, hopefully the threat of suspension will be removed for the time being. From that moment on, I start looking for possible ways to diversify payments. That could include subscribestar or other methods. We shall see.”

Patreon starts purging fan art of characters below a certain height and chest size

Source: Smutbase Discord (via Sankaku Complex)

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