GoFundMe is once again allowing fundraising for Kyle Rittenhouse’s legal fees after the platform removed his campaigns for violating its policy against aiding people accused of violent crimes.
The fundraising platform released a statement explaining that Rittenhouse’s acquittal of murder charges Friday permits him to use the platform to fundraise again as his situation no longer violates its terms and conditions against “raising money for the legal defense of an alleged violent crime.”
“Once charges for a violent crime were brought against Kyle Rittenhouse in 2020, GoFundMe removed fundraisers that were started for the defendant’s legal defense,” the company said in a statement. “We did this as part of our regular monitoring efforts; in addition to those fundraisers, our Trust & Safety team removed hundreds of other fundraisers between August and December 2020 — unrelated to Rittenhouse — that we determined were in violation of this long-standing policy.”
GoFundMe said it is monitoring Rittenhouse fundraisers to ensure they are going to the intended source and that this “may slow down the withdrawal process.” (Read more from “GoFundMe Reverses Ban on Kyle Rittenhouse Fundraisers After Acquittal” HERE)
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