Patreon Lays Off Its Entire Security Team

Roger Stringer • September 12, 2022

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Patreon has reportedly laid off its entire security team.

CyberScoop reports that several former employees have confirmed the layoffs, which occurred last week, and that Patreon doesn't seem to be worried about no longer having a security team.

"As part of a strategic shift of a portion of our security program, we have parted ways with five employees," Patreon told CyberScoop. "The changes made this week will have no impact on our ability to continue providing a secure and safe platform for our creators and patrons."

Getting rid of your whole security team, and saying it won’t affect the security of your products, is the meanest thing you can say about your security team
Some ex-staff say Patreon laid off its entire security team this week, raising concerns among users, but Patreon says the layoffs will not impact its security (@tonyajoriley / CyberScoop)

The company says on its website that more than 250,000 creators are using its platform to deliver content to over 8 million patrons. Those creators are said to have earned more than $3.5 billion—and that's after Patreon's fees.

Patreon is also entrusted with a lot of information about creators and patrons alike. That includes payment details, contact information, and in some cases shipping addresses used to deliver physical rewards to backers, not to mention patron-exclusive content hosted on the platform.

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