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Tell Eventbrite: Stop funding and profiting from hate

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The petition to Julia Hartz, co-founder and president of Eventbrite, reads:

“Immediately and permanently cut off hate groups from your platform.”

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    Tell Eventbrite: Stop funding and profiting from hate

    Eventbrite – the world’s largest platform for selling event tickets – has a hate group problem. It is making tens of thousands of dollars a year selling tickets to events hosted by hate groups and right-wing white supremacist leaders like Milo Yiannopoulos and Richard Spencer.

    At the end of April, white nationalists held a sold-out gala featuring some of the biggest names in the white nationalist movement.1 Eventbrite helped organizers sell tickets for as much as $1,500 each, and made a profit from each sale. The Eventbrite page promoting the gala contained a cartoon image of Trump making a hand gesture that is increasingly being used as a white supremacist symbol.

    Our friends at Color Of Change have met with Eventbrite’s leadership to try to convince them to stop funding and profiting off hate, but they refuse to act. Now Color Of Change is ramping up the public pressure. The more of us who join the campaign, the greater the pressure will be to force Eventbrite to close its platform to white supremacists and anti-LGBTQ, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim hate groups.

    Tell Eventbrite: Permanently cut off hate groups from your platform.

    Donald Trump’s hateful campaign and his toxic administration have elevated right-wing extremism – white supremacy, xenophobia, misogyny, anti-Semitism, and anti-Muslim and anti-LGBTQ hate – from the fringes to the mainstream. But while activists are doing everything they can to defend the communities threatened by Trump and push back against his agenda, companies like Eventbrite are enabling and profiting off the worst of the worst.

    Eventbrite helped Trump supporters throw the white nationalist-filled Deploraball last year and likely made upwards of $100,000.2 In 2016, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) reported that Richard Spencer’s National Policy Institute (NPI), a white nationalist think tank, was cleared “under [Eventbrite’s] Terms of Service by a member of the Eventbrite Trust and Safety team.”3 One of the NPI events hosted by Eventbrite featured the editors of anti-immigrant, xenophobic, white nationalist publications. Another featured a neo-Nazi hero.

    In 2016, Eventbrite helped the anti-LGBTQ, anti-abortion World Congress of Families sell tickets to its annual gathering that, according to the SPLC, “traditionally functions as a key site of right-wing strategy development to curtail or roll back LGBT[Q] equality gains and restrict or deny women access to abortion and related healthcare.”4 In 2015, Eventbrite helped notorious anti-Muslim extremist Frank Gaffney promote and fill seats at his National Security Action Summit.5 Eventbrite must stop promoting and profiting from hate.

    Tell Eventbrite: Permanently cut off hate groups from your platform.

    Eventbrite is not just profiting from hate groups, it is giving hate groups a megaphone and funding stream. It is helping fill seats at events that promote propaganda and lies about communities of color, Muslims, Jews, women and the LGBTQ community, recruit people into hate movements, and could ultimately embolden attendees to harass, threaten and attack people from the communities they demonize.

    Color Of Change is asking Eventbrite to remove any current events hosted by or in support of hate groups; update its Terms of Service and community guidelines to prevent hate groups from using the platform; and develop the resources necessary to effectively enforce its updated policies. It is unacceptable that Eventbrite is refusing to act. Can you add your voice to increase the pressure today?

    Thank you for speaking out.

    References:

    1. "Real News Correspondents Gala," accessed June 12, 2017.
    2. "The Official Deploraball Party," accessed June 12, 2017.
    3. Keegan Hankes, "Eventbrite allows white nationalist group to sell tickets," SPLC, Jan. 28, 2016.
    4. Hatewatch staff, "Anti-LGBT hate group World Congress of Families gears up for its tenth International Congress," SPLC, May 13, 2016.
    5. Hankes, "Eventbrite allows white nationalist group to sell tickets."