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Sneaky Attempt to Grab Cash for Pet Projects
As Australian comedian Celeste Barber found out the hard way, when people donate to a specific cause, the money has to go to that cause alone. Redirecting the funds elsewhere is called “fraud”. Which, as it happens, is a crime.
Crowdfunding platform GoFundMe likes to make up its own rules as it goes along and Big Tech generally seems to regards laws as something other people have to worry about. But when GoFundMe appeared to be conspiring to defraud millions of dollars donated to a specific cause, it got a rude reminder that the law still applies. For now, anyway. So the company was forced into a hurried backpedalling.
Published 09 February 2022
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