GoFundMe’s left-wing roadblock – Canadian truckers aren’t the first cause targeted by the crowdfunding site

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GoFundMe’s suspension of millions to support protesting truckers in Canada shocked many, especially when the company initially announced plans to distribute the money to other charities.

This came as less of a surprise to those of us who have criticized the company for years for its use of the platform to target and block funds for conservative and libertarian causes. In effect, the society has revised an old practice known as “Nag’s Head light” by luring the unsuspecting into what has become a liberal vault on funds.

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In the Carolinas, locals sometimes tied a lantern under a horse’s head to lure ships to their doom. Thinking the light was a ship in deep water, the ships would unwittingly sail into the rocks on the shore, where they would be stripped of their cargo. This is how the resort town of Nag’s Head, North Carolina got its name.

GoFundMe is Nag’s Head’s ultimate operation. It attracts conservative and libertarian causes to its shore with the promise of being a neutral crowdfunding site. When it was founded, the founders pledged to change the world by “disrupting giving” by empowering average people by supporting others with common values ​​and viewpoints.

Easy-to-use technology and the need for crowdfunding services quickly transformed the company into a multi-billion dollar business. However, it soon became apparent that the company was using its control of the funds to advance its own political agenda. Worse, the company actually persuaded groups to participate in fundraising campaigns on its site, only to freeze accounts before the money could be used.

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In the case of Canadian truckers protesting the COVID mandate, the company replicated the Nag’s Head light perfectly. This resulted in people donating over $10 million, thinking they were helping truckers and probably not donating to other sites. He then suspended the account and announced that he would distribute the money to other charities in consultation with the truckers. Once the ships crashed on his rocks, he was literally going to salvage the wreckage.

It’s a familiar pattern for the company that allows people to send money for badly needed support, only to lock in the funds at the last minute.

The announcement was jaw-dropping and led some to call for criminal investigations. It turns out that soliciting funds for one reason and then using them for another (“better”) cause is considered fraud in some circles. The company quickly backtracked. However, he still refused to allow donations to go to truckers. He will return the money. In the meantime, critical time and support have been lost for those who trusted the company.

It’s a familiar pattern for the company that allows people to send money for badly needed support, only to lock in the funds at the last minute. The company’s record has moved her far beyond plausible deniability that she is not using access to donations to advance her own priorities.

Consider freezing funds from GoFundMe for legal defense funds. One would think that the funding of legal costs would be unassailable since it is an effort to obtain a judicial review of the underlying merits of a case or cause. After all, if a case is based on misinformation, a court can quickly unravel the truth. To the right? Wrong.

GoFundMe froze donations needed to support Kyle Rittenhouse’s legal defense because he was charged with a violent crime. However, that is the purpose of a trial. It was accused of a crime, and he was entitled to the presumption of innocence. However, the media spread false accounts of the story while social media companies like TikTok censored pro-Rittenhouse material. A police officer has been fired for simply making an anonymous donation to Rittenhouse on GoFundMe. Neither the company nor the media came to the defense of Norfolk police officer William Kelly. Rittenhouse was of course acquitted. Then GoFundMe released the funds after they were no longer needed to support his lawsuit.

The company also suspended litigation funds for accused police officers as well as parents who sought to challenge vaccination warrants in court.

When the company blocked the distribution of donations to Rittenhouse, it said, “GoFundMe’s Terms of Service prohibit raising funds for the legal defense of a suspected violent crime.”

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This is a ridiculous policy since defendants have a presumption of innocence and all parties should be able to present their best case before independent judges. This includes Canadian Truckers, Black Lives Matter, Antifa and other groups facing litigation. Additionally, critics noted that the company has backed legal funds supporting rioters in various cities as well as a call for the 2020 Occupy Seattle Capitol Hill (CHOP) protest.

The company’s hypocrisy on these issues has been repeatedly pointed out, including by Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

It does not matter. Like social media companies, GoFundMe controls billions of funds and has become the very scourge it was designed to fight. Rather than empowering ordinary people, it now operates more like a corporate overlord on causes that deserve crowdfunding.

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Notably, GoFundMe relied on Canadian government accounts to label truckers as violent despite truckers protesting against the government.

GoFundMe controls billions of funds and has become the very plague it was designed to fight. Rather than empowering ordinary people, it now operates more like a corporate overlord on causes that deserve crowdfunding.

The protests have been largely peaceful, especially compared to “mostly peaceful” protests in previous summers (by groups authorized to fund by the company). This is the same scheme used by other companies to relay government priorities and policies.

YouTube and Twitter have blocked criticism of Vladimir Putin or governments like India. Even the WHO has supported such censorship to deal with what it now calls “the infodemic”, which includes criticism of itself. In the United States, Democratic leaders, including President Joe Biden, have pushed for increased corporate censorship on topics ranging from global warming and gender issues to election integrity and vaccines.

While companies like Twitter actively silence dissenting voices, GoFundMe has served as a choke point for funds. The result is that many find it difficult not only to use social media to voice their opinions, but also to use crowdfunding to gain support from like-minded people.

GoFundMe’s inclusion in this increasingly united front is particularly chilling. As the Supreme Court has repeatedly held, money is an essential element of freedom of expression. You speak through your donations and these funds then further support freedom of expression and associations.

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While companies like Twitter actively silence dissenting voices, GoFundMe has served as a choke point for funds. The result is that many find it difficult not only to use social media to voice their opinions, but also to use crowdfunding to gain support from like-minded people.

GoFundMe can clearly redefine itself as a progressive company. He has the right to free speech like those he seeks to silence. Like many in the media, the company has largely written off half the country. The problem for the company will be when the crowd from its crowdfunding activity goes elsewhere.

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