ADL Commends GoFundMe for Rejecting Racist Fundraising Efforts

New York, NY, August 3, 2015 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today commended the crowdfunding Internet company GoFundMe for rejecting two fundraising campaigns which violated various provisions of their usage guidelines, including prohibitions on content associated with hate groups or terrorist organizations.

ADL’s Center on Extremism recently alerted GoFundMe to problematic campaigns launched by the white supremacist groups Aryan Renaissance Society and the American Freedom Party. The Aryan Renaissance Society was seeking to raise money to support a Hitler commemoration event in April 2016, and the American Freedom Party was attempting to obtain funds to support white South Africans whom the AFP falsely claimed were “in danger of genocide.”

“GoFundMe deserves credit for acting quickly to enforce their policies on prohibited content by rejecting fundraising campaigns launched by the white supremacist groups Aryan Renaissance Society and the American Freedom Party,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL National Director.  “The very premises of both of these campaigns were offensive on their face.  While no one would deny these white supremacist groups the right to express their abhorrent views, GoFundMe is under no obligation to provide them with an opportunity to raise money to support those views.  The company was absolutely justified in removing their campaigns.”

Consistent with ADL Best Practices for responding to cyberhate, ADL continues to urge Internet industry leaders to follow GoFundMe’s lead by enforcing relevant Terms of Service regarding hate and extremism.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.