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    Re: GoFundMe yanks online fundraiser for Baltimore cops in Freddie Gray case

    Quote Originally Posted by Blemonds View Post
    It also looks like they pulled the page for the Baltimore "protesters" which demonstrates at least some consistency
    Even when proven wrong, they still have to cling to the idea that there's some liberal bias.
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    Re: GoFundMe yanks online fundraiser for Baltimore cops in Freddie Gray case

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Even when proven wrong, they still have to cling to the idea that there's some liberal bias.
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    Re: GoFundMe yanks online fundraiser for Baltimore cops in Freddie Gray case

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    They act as if formally charged = guilty/convicted.

    Example #34,890,005 that we really don't believe in "innocent until proven guilty" in our society, regardless all the noble-sounding rhetoric.

    Yes, I know this is not a court of law, but the mindset is still indicative.
    I'm not sure that's fair. It's a no brainer corporate decision to avoid these kinds divisive and controversial campaigns like the plague. Some other group of entrepreneurs can risk their livelihood by funding the defense of those charged with serious crimes like murder, manslaughter, rape, etc.

    If they allow fundraisers for cops, they have to allow fundraisers for skinheads, serial rapists, and an endless list of truly loathsome criminals who might find a sympathetic audience online. If those campaigns aren't central to your business model, and they're not, why put up with the risk and bad publicity?

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    Re: GoFundMe yanks online fundraiser for Baltimore cops in Freddie Gray case

    Quote Originally Posted by Blemonds View Post
    It also looks like they pulled the page for the Baltimore "protesters" which demonstrates at least some consistency
    I have no problem with their Terms of Service. Their site. They should have the right to choose who they want as customers (as every business in this country should). Just as long as they're consistent, which I think they are.
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    Re: GoFundMe yanks online fundraiser for Baltimore cops in Freddie Gray case

    Quote Originally Posted by BrewerBob View Post
    No. It is in their terms of service. You can't raise money in response to being formally charged. That was put into place before this case. If they now allow a liberal who has been charged to raise money then you will have a point. But as of right now you don't.
    That is an interesting point that I certainly was not aware of. If true that explains what happened.

    Had that NOT been the case, it does seem they were being unfair to the defendants. Thanks for the info.

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    Re: GoFundMe yanks online fundraiser for Baltimore cops in Freddie Gray case

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    I have no problem with their Terms of Service. Their site. They should have the right to choose who they want as customers (as every business in this country should). Just as long as they're consistent, which I think they are.
    It appears that way so far

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    Re: GoFundMe yanks online fundraiser for Baltimore cops in Freddie Gray case

    Quote Originally Posted by JasperL View Post
    I'm not sure that's fair. It's a no brainer corporate decision to avoid these kinds divisive and controversial campaigns like the plague. Some other group of entrepreneurs can risk their livelihood by funding the defense of those charged with serious crimes like murder, manslaughter, rape, etc.

    If they allow fundraisers for cops, they have to allow fundraisers for skinheads, serial rapists, and an endless list of truly loathsome criminals who might find a sympathetic audience online. If those campaigns aren't central to your business model, and they're not, why put up with the risk and bad publicity?
    I get the point that you and others make regarding the controversial nature, and offending people, and so on, but I still have to conclude the same thing. That, or, it just says that money trumps principle... which I suppose shouldn't be a huge surprise.

    But there's a big part of me that thinks how reflexively potentially shortsighted it is. Granted, you could have some truly loathsome people getting defense money, absolutely. But this policy also shuts out legitimate people from getting defense money as well.

    Sure, there could be other methods of raising money, but the whole point of this is to make it easy and serve good causes. Maybe it's just me, but I consider allowing the justice system to work as intended to be a good cause. It's similar to 4th and 5th Amendment protections... sure, guilty people abuse the intent, but they're really there for the innocent.
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    Re: GoFundMe yanks online fundraiser for Baltimore cops in Freddie Gray case

    What if they weren't consistent? Wouldn't they have the right to be so under your understanding of rights and ideological discrimination? Or is the only discrimination that is acceptable the kind that attacks homosexuals?
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    Re: GoFundMe yanks online fundraiser for Baltimore cops in Freddie Gray case

    Quote Originally Posted by Blemonds View Post
    It appears that way so far
    So far.

    You started with a premise that they weren't consistent. That was proven wrong quite quickly. But you're still qualifying your statements. You still don't really believe they are consistent.
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    Re: GoFundMe yanks online fundraiser for Baltimore cops in Freddie Gray case

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    So far.

    You started with a premise that they weren't consistent. That was proven wrong quite quickly. But you're still qualifying your statements. You still don't really believe they are consistent.
    Your side is still making stuff up I see. I linked a fundraising page that appeared to violate the TOS at Gofundme and took a wait and see approach.

    Notably, one of the pages pulled by Gofundme was for the policemen's family, not for the policemen themselves

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