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GoFundMe is banning fundraising for travel expenses used for potentially violent political events

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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GoFundMe will no longer allow people to fundraise for travel expenses used for potentially violent political events after pro-Trump protesters used the platform to rake in cash ahead of storming the US Capitol.

New York (CNN Business)GoFundMe will no longer allow people to fundraise for travel expenses used for potentially violent political events after pro-Trump protesters used the platform to rake in cash ahead of storming the US Capitol.

"Due to the violence, GoFundMe has removed numerous fundraisers intended to raise money for travel expenses," a spokesperson for the company told CNN Business.

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. "

The company 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," the spokesperson said.

The online fundraising company joins a long list of corporations that are making statements in an attempt to take action against the violence.

Payment company Stripe will no longer process Trump campaign donations, and Airbnb announced Monday that people who are associated with violent hate groups were removed from the platform.

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