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Go­FundMe bans aid linked to vi­o­lence

No travel ex­penses to po­lit­i­cal protests

- Co­ral Mur­phy Con­tribut­ing: Jes­sica Guynn Society · Social Media · Politics · Charity · United States of America · Twitter · United States Capitol Police · Facebook · Instagram · GoFundMe

Go­FundMe will ban fundrais­ers geared to­ward pay­ing travel ex­penses to vi­o­lent po­lit­i­cal protests.

The crowd­fund­ing plat­form is tak­ing the mea­sure af­ter ri­ot­ers stormed the U.S. Capi­tol last Wed­nes­day – lead­ing to the deaths of five peo­ple, in­clud­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer.

“We strongly con­demn the vi­o­lence and at­tempted in­sur­rec­tion and will con­tinue to re­move fundrais­ers that at­tempt to spread mis­in­for­ma­tion about the elec­tion, pro­mote con­spir­acy the­o­ries and con­trib­ute to or par­tic­i­pate in at­tacks on US democ­racy,” Go­FundMe said in a state­ment to USA TO­DAY.

The spokesper­son said the com­pany will also re­move fundrais­ers for travel ex­penses for any fu­ture po­lit­i­cal events where there is a “risk of vi­o­lence by the at­ten­dees.”

Sev­eral peo­ple on so­cial me­dia are ap­plaud­ing Go­FundMe’s ef­forts, with one Twit­ter user say­ing, “it’s good to know more com­pa­nies are tak­ing a stand af­ter the siege on our US Capi­tol.”

The plat­form also be­gan a fundraiser for United States Capi­tol Po­lice Of­fi­cer Brian D. Sick­nick, who died of in­juries sus­tained dur­ing the riot.

So­cial me­dia gi­ants have also taken mea­sures to im­pede any in­cite­ment of vi­o­lence on their plat­forms af­ter the protests. Face­book will re­move con­tent con­tain­ing the phrase “stop the steal” on both Face­book an In­sta­gram, re­fer­ring to the pres­i­dent’s base­less al­le­ga­tions that the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion that he de­ci­sively lost was rigged.

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