Controversial Youtuber, Onision has been banned from Patreon for breaking the website’s terms of service. Onision, real name Gregory Jackson, allegedly doxxed a woman who claims to have been manipulated by him into a sexual relationship.
Onision is a popular Youtube creator and has been creating content for nearly a decade now. In his videos, he talks about his personal opinions and ideas on a number of things and often includes his fans, friends, or girlfriend. He’s been known to have gone through a number of controversies such as his chaotic divorce, the IRS auditing his finances, and receiving a number of accusations on harassment and emotional abuse.
The Patreon ban stems from a tweet Onision made last Sunday which contained a screenshot of a private text message conversation between him and fellow Youtuber Billie Dawn Webb. Webb is a former fan who recently accused Onision of pressuring her to have sex with him and his current partner. The tweet contained Dawn’s personal phone number which Twitter forbids from posting unless there is expressed consent. The tweet was removed an hour later.
The Verge reached out to Twitter and confirmed that while the screenshot itself did not violate any rules, the phone number present clearly breaks Twitter’s policy on posting another person’s personal information. This, in turn, alerted Patreon and prompted the ban Onision is facing at the moment.
A spokesperson from Patreon told The Verge, “We removed Onision from Patreon as he violated our Bullying and Harassment as it relates to doxing.” Patreon defines doxing as to “search for and publish private or identifying information about a particular individual on the internet, typically with malicious intent.”
A number of artists and creators use Patreon to get additional funding and offer exclusive content in return for donations. In Onision’s case, he created exclusive videos and podcasts which he offered to his supporters. Before the ban, he had about 560 of them. Patreon’s policy against doxxing is so strict that they penalize users even if the act occurrs outside their own platform. “Patreon does not allow creators to use Patreon to fund the practice of doxing,” Patreon says in a blog post, “
Our Community Guidelines clearly prohibit doxing and say that any creator caught in the act of malicious doxing — or encouraging others to do so — may be banned from using Patreon.”
Since then, Onision has been posting videos on his Youtube channel which documents him breaking down due to the news of his ban. He explained to The Verge that the ban left him confused. “I broke up with [Webb] in 2016,” he wrote. “She has been upset with me ever since. I posted screenshots where I complimented our relationship all those years ago, expressing how I was sad about how it couldn’t work out.”
Onision is facing at least six cases of women stepping forward and reporting that they were involved in an allegedly abusive relationship with Onision and his partner, Kai. (Also known on Youtube as CoolGuyKai) The reports detail how Onision and Kai befriended these women online and then pressured them into inappropriate situations. Some of these women have reported that after falling out with the pair, Onision would post their private information on his channel.