Patreon, a subscription platform for artists and creatives, has de-platformed a Ukrainian non-profit that is running a crowdfunding campaign to support the country's military against a Russian invasion.
- "We don’t allow Patreon to be used for funding weapons or military activity. It is a violation of our policies, and so we have removed the page," the statement said, adding that all remaining funds in the charity's account will be refunded to contributors.
- Come Back Alive claims to have raised around $670,000 in just one day this week, according to a Bloomberg report from Thursday.
- Taras Chmut, director of Come Back Alive, told CNBC on Thursday that Patreon was the most convenient platform for foreigners looking to send donations.
- The charity's website lists multiple ways to donate funds including using payment system Swift and bank accounts. So far, Patreon seems to be the only fundraising method to be disrupted.
- On Friday, Ukraine's official Twitter account posted a link to the Come Back Alive donation page, which includes details for its bitcoin wallet.
- It is unclear how the funds are currently being distributed as the charity has not updated its reporting on donations since Wednesday.
UPDATE (Feb. 25 20:56 UTC): Added details about Ukraine's official Twitter account.
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