In an effort to halt the spread of misinformation about vaccines, GoFundMe has banned anti-vaxxers from using their crowdfunding platform. According to The Independent, GoFundMe is performing a "thorough review" of reports of one anti-vaccination campaigner that has raised almost $80,000 in donations.
Larry Cook promoted his fundraising efforts through Facebook advertisements and targeted mothers by claiming that medical professionals were covering up a baby "slaughter" conspiracy.
“Campaigns raising money to promote misinformation about vaccines violate GoFundMe’s terms of service and will be removed from the platform,” said spokesperson Bobby Whithorne in response to the incident. “We are conducting a thorough review and will remove any campaigns currently on the platform.”
But according to The Independent, several anti-vaccination campaigners are still operating on the site, three weeks after The Daily Beast reported on GoFundMe's ban. One named “Stop Non-INFO World Vaccinations” claimed that the US Center for Disease Control was injecting mercury into pregnant women in children instead of vaccinations.
The campaign's founder, "Jeb Boston Dawson," said that his intentions are to "get the laws changed on vaccines." His campaign has raised only $5 so far from a single donation from himself.
Another campaign by a Californian woman who claims to have lost her sight after receiving the shingles vaccine raised $1,010, while the same woman collected $220 from a campaign saying that her pet dog was paralyzed after a rabies vaccine.