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Indiegogo quietly pulls a fundraiser for South Carolina police officer who killed unarmed black man

By Nathaniel Mott , written on April 13, 2015

From The News Desk

Indiegogo has quietly removed a campaign made in support of Michael Slager, the South Carolina police officer who killed an unarmed black man on April 8.

The campaign was removed after Pando reported on Indiegogo's willingness to allow a fundraiser that even GoFundMe, which has established a reputation as the go-to crowdfunding platform for bigots, refused to allow onto its website.

At the time, an Indiegogo spokesperson provided me with this statement:

Indiegogo allows anyone, anywhere to fund ideas that matter to them and just like other open platforms — such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter — we don’t judge the content of campaigns as long as they are in compliance with our Terms of Use.
After that report was published, the ColorOfChange advocacy group attempted to convince Indiegogo that it should remove all campaigns supporting Slager from its platform. Now the advocacy group plans to meet with Indiegogo chief executive Slava Rubin, as it claims in a press release sent earlier this morning:

We're currently in talks with Indiegogo and will be meeting with the CEO Slava Rubin to discuss the company's policies. We look forward to a productive conversation and a future where fundraising drives like these are removed from their platform without delay or hesitation.

An Indiegogo spokesperson says the campaign was removed three days ago because its "Trust & Safety team regularly conducts verifications and checks" and "This campaign did not meet their standards." Answers to other queries, such as the veracity of ColorOfChange's claims, are said to be forthcoming, and we will update this post if and when we hear back.

Update: ColorOfChange sent multiple screenshots to Pando which appear to provide proof of the group's correspondence with an Indiegogo representative.