The Christian fundraising platform GiveSendGo recently came under fire for facilitating campaigns and fundraising by or for extremists.
Christian fundraising platform GiveSendGo, which enables users to send money and prayers to individuals in need, has recently come under fire for hosting a number of extremist and white supremacist groups, reports The Jerusalem Post.
According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the platform has effectively hosted neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups, including ex-Marine and neo-Nazi Christopher Polhaus, to raise funds and continue their ideologically driven work.
The ADL’s report reveals that between 2016 and mid-2022, extremists have generated at least $6,246,072 through crowdfunding from 324 campaigns.
“GiveSendGo has facilitated the vast majority of these funds, hosting 230 campaigns operated by or for extremists and their causes. These campaigns collected more than 86.5% of the funds tracked by the Center on Extremism,” added the ADL report.
This is not the first time the site has come under fire for allowing extremists to raise funds on their website. In the past, GiveSendGo has been informed of the presence of neo-Nazi individuals on their site, for example, Christopher Pohlhaus, who is notorious for striving to establish an all-white community in Maine.
However, despite being informed and having a policy which, in effect, prohibits “(d) items that promote hate, violence, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime,“ Pohlhaus was not banned from the site.
GiveSendGo claims it is not obligated to remove any content, individual or entity, adding that they have a policy which reminds the website’s visitors that “By visiting GiveSendGo.com you are responsible for protecting yourself from content that is offensive or harmful that may have been posted on the website by another user.”