GoFundMe Slammed For Hosting Milo Event Fundraisers

From the Seattle Stranger:

Twitter banned Milo Yiannopoulos from its platform after the Breitbart editor spearheaded a racist harassment campaign against black Saturday Night Live actor Leslie Jones, but at least one tech company is continuing to make money off of Yiannopoulos’s racist, sexist, anti-Muslim, and anti-trans vitriol.

That tech company is GoFundMe, the sunny, do-gooder crowdfunding site with a brand most known for helping sick pets and injured people. As of January 4, GoFundMe users have crowdfunded, or are in the process of crowdfunding, nine of Yiannopoulos’s college speaking events from Minnesota to Washington State. Together, these campaigns have raised a total of $13,820 for Yiannopoulos’s campus security costs and venue deposits.

San Diego-based GoFundMe, which takes a five percent cut from its crowdfunding campaigns, has a user service policy that explicitly prohibits “the promotion of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, terrorism, or intolerance of any kind relating to race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender or gender identity, or serious disabilities or diseases.”

The above-linked article notes that Yiannopoulos has recently stepped up his attacks on trans people, going as far as projecting a trans woman’s face onto a venue’s screen so that he could mock her. (Via Dan Savage)