The popular fundraising website GoFundMe says it will no longer allow anti-vaccine groups and activists to raise money to spread anti-vaccination conspiracies on its platform, according to a statement provided to .
“Campaigns raising money to promote misinformation about vaccines violate GoFundMe’s terms of service and will be removed from the platform.”
It’s unclear what exactly constitutes “misinformation about vaccines” according to GoFundMe, but similar campaigns against misinformation have themselves included misinformation as Representative Bill Posey noted in an open letter to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg:
If Facebook should decide to begin judging the medical accuracy of a statement posted by the public and by organizations, what will be the standards utilized? (For example, the letter written by U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff includes blatantly false information – would Facebook ban his letter from being posted?)
Unlike GoFundMe, we at Omobono Crowdfunding understand that science is never settled and the censorship and de-platforming of so-called anti-vaxxers is an indication that they are on the right side of history.
As George RR Martin had one of his characters say, when you tear out someone’s tongue, you’re not proving him a liar, only that you fear what he has to say. We are not afraid of what the anti-vaxxers have to say and we are fully supportive of their right to raise money in their efforts.
As a result, we are waiving all platform fees for anyone seeking to raise money for vaccine risk awareness. You can get started today at Omobono Crowdfunding.