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According to a Daily Beast report, GoFundMe is the last platform to do, um, something to try to reduce its anti-vax problem. The crowdfunding website will no longer allow people to raise money for misinformation campaigns on the vaccines they use.
"Fundraising campaigns to promote misinformation about vaccines violate GoFundMe's terms of service and will be removed from the platform," said a spokesman. "We are doing a thorough review and will remove all campaigns currently on the platform." Although they only represent a small portion of the platform's users, anti-vax campaigns, or so-called "vaccine choice", have raised $ 170,000 through GoFundMe in the last four years.
In recent weeks, Pinterest has announced that it is blocking the search for all content related to vaccination – fake or otherwise – until its misinformation problem is mastered. A report from the guardian found that Amazon allowed buyers to donate part of their profits to anti-vax organizations through its AmazonSmile charity program. Following another report, wiredAmazon has extracted from its site several books peddling so-called "remedies" for autism – including treatment with a bleach bath -.
An Ohio teenager testified before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Work and Retirement about his unvaccinated childhood and how he used Reddit at the age of 18 to challenge his mother and get help in determining what vaccines he needed. Facebook recently announced that it would also work on anti-vaxxers that deploy a lot of energy. GoFundMe seems to be in fashion, not because it's the right thing to do, but because that's what everyone has already started doing.