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Should Candace Owens have been suspended from GoFundMe?

Conservative commentator Candace Owens has been suspended from GoFundMe for 'spreading falsehoods against the black community' and 'repeated patterns of inflammatory statements'. Owens started a campaign on the site to raise funds for a café owner in Birmingham, Alabama, who had their café destroyed in recent protests, the owner publicly called George Floyd a ‘thug’ and the protestors ‘idiots’. In a series of online videos Owens criticised George Floyd in a similar manner and denounced the media and the black community for their framing of George Floyd’s murder, saying ‘the fact that he has been held up as a martyr sickens me'. Owens has described this as censorship, but GoFundMe maintains that she repeatedly violated their terms of service, and have forwarded the funds to the café in Alabama following an apology by the owner. Should Candace Owens have been suspended from GoFundMe? Is this a case of conservative censorship? Or are GoFundMe entitled to remove Owens' campaign from their site? youtube.com/watch?v=X4BveH3iTFM dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8397393/Pro-Trump-activist-Candace-Owens-banned-GoFundMe-amid-George-Floyd-controversies.html
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Yes, it’s their platform

Candace Owens is not the only person to be singled out on the GoFundMe platform; they also ban anti-vaxers that use the platform to fund the spread of conspiracy theory. If pundits like Owens do not like such decisions they are free to use other services, but GoFundMe clearly state in their terms of service that “GoFundMe reserves the right to modify, suspend or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Services (or any part thereof) at any time and for any reason, with or without notice” [1]. At a time where violent protests were engulfing the United States Candace Owens was actively trying to stoke tensions, and her GoFundMe campaign was part of this, the platform are well within their right to choose not to associate their company with making these social tensions worse.

thedailybeast.com/gofundme-bans-anti-vaxxers-who-raise-money-to-spread-misinformation [1] uk.gofundme.com/terms

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Jul 20, 2020
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No, the new movement of left condoning censorship

This story is all part of the new pro-censorship movement on the left that has fed into, or in a large part caused, the current climate of online censorship that is leading to what people are referring to as “cancel culture” and calls for censorship on social networking platforms. While that left classically represented the cross-section of the political spectrum that valued liberty and freedom over telling people what to do, there is a new wave of intolerance on the left, fuelled by the pursuit of social justice and the wish to silence dissenting opinion. These actions were not limited to GoFundMe either, other platforms with predominantly liberal management have also censored Owens and similar pundits, for example Twitter. This call for censorship is quickly becoming a new norm in political discussion and represents a dangerous current in times of a global pandemic, with both politicians and commentators both seemingly comfortable with calling for escalated online censorship.

rightnation.us/forums/topic/228100-gofundme-suspends-candace-owens%E2%80%99-campaign-to-help-bar-owner-in-stunning-censorship-move stevegruber.com/2020/05/censorship-continues-black-conservative-candace-owens-suspended-by-twitter thehill.com/opinion/civil-rights/495788-the-dangerous-liberal-ideas-for-censorship-in-the-united-states

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No, an attempt to destroy conservative voices

The banning of Candace Owens from the GoFundMe platform is just another example of conservative voices being stifled by liberal tech monopolies. Owens is just the latest in a long line of such incidents, the most high profile of which being Alex Jones, host of InfoWars, who was banned from using Facebook, YouTube, Apple and Spotify in an coordinated attack on his business and right to free speech. Moves like this are pure censorship, regardless of whether the message is crazy or dangerous, whether you like it or not, no one should be censored, they should be allowed free speech even if you don’t like what they say, more speech is the answer bad speech, not censorship.

newsbusters.org/blogs/techwatch/heather-moon/2020/06/09/gofundme-censors-candace-owens-suspends-account-removes msn.com/en-us/news/politics/gofundme-shut-down-candace-owens-account-for-attacking-george-floyds-character-saying-she-spread-falsehoods-against-the-black-community/ar-BB15bSfk news.com.au/world/north-america/rightwing-commentator-candace-owens-divides-with-comments-about-george-floyd/news-story/10cf4964badc9c2176f8ac98ccb3ec5f foxnews.com/entertainment/tech-giants-facebook-apple-youtube-ditch-controversial-infowars-star-alex-jones

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Yes, she is a professional con-woman

Candace Owens' whole career has been built on being a pro-Trump far-right grifter who takes extremely right wing positions on everything from news to conspiracy theories in order to forward her brand as an outspoken controversial black conservative. In fact Owens has herself admitted to not being conservative and not being interested in politics until she gained some exposure from being involved in the ‘Gamergate’ controversy in 2016. These comments against George Floyd are just another attempt at being the provocateur by Candace Owens – she is trying to use his tragedy to get clicks and further her career. GoFundMe are right to stop people from generating publicity off the back of tragedy in this way.

washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/05/18/ahmaud-arbery-conservatives-reaction spectator.us/candace-owens-con-artist crooksandliars.com/2020/05/candace-owens-black-people-jump-fing

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