Patreon has confirmed that it has terminated five employees from its security team.
Emily Metcalfe, former senior security engineer at Patreon, said in a LinkedIn post on Thursday, “So for better or worse, me and the rest of the security team at Patreon are no longer part of the security team. company.” According to a tweet, Metcalfe joined the company in November 2021. Metcalfe could not be reached for comment.
In a brief statement to TechCrunch, Patreon US policy manager Ellen Satterwhite confirmed the five layoffs but declined to answer our questions or say how many employees the security team had before the layoffs. Satterwhite did not dispute that the entire team was fired.
Satterwhite wouldn’t say why Patreon laid off its security engineers, but added that the company is working with outside organizations to “develop our security capabilities and perform regular security assessments.”
Next the news layoffs, industry security professionals began assignment open job Advertisement for those who have lost their jobs at Patreon. Thousands of tech jobs, including cybersecurity, have been lost this year in the tech industry, fueled in part by overhiring and corporate mismanagement.
Patreon is a website that allows content creators to offer monthly memberships to their customers in exchange for a 5-12% discount. The company, founded in 2013, claims to have 250,000 creators on its platform. In 2015, Patreon confirmed a data breach involving its customers’ personal information.
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