By refusing to provide verified status for the Colorado triple-amputee veteran behind the ‘Build the Wall’ GoFundMe, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey appears to be sanctioning fraudulent fundraising efforts by allowing fraudsters to impersonate him.
Brian Kolfage, creator of the viral GoFundMe that’s raised almost $20 million to date, tweeted about having a request for verification on Twitter denied.
Hey @jack your platform is enabling wire fraud in my name and your users are stealing this disabled veterans identity. Why was my verification denied. @WarrenDavidson @Jim_Jordan @MarkMeadows #GoFundTheWall @STEPHMHAMILL @RyanAFournier @JenLawrence21
— Brian Kolfage (@BrianKolfage) January 4, 2019
According to Kolfage, scammers are impersonating him, using his name to trick American patriots into thinking they’re donating to a genuine effort to fund a border wall. If Twitter provided verified status for Kolfage’s actual account, individuals seeking to donate to the genuine GoFundMe could find it easier to locate him online.
The GoFundMe maintains that all funds will be held for use exclusively on the construction of a wall on the southern border. It wouldn’t be the first time private donations were used to facilitate a federal project; the Washington Monument was repaired with private funds in 2012.
Republican Congressman Mark Meadows also tweeted about the need for Jack Dorsey to verify Kolfage to safeguard Twitter users from fraud on Tuesday:
.@jack Brian Kolfage is a disabled Veteran and a popular user on your platform. I met with him in my office just a few days ago. People are impersonating him on Twitter to try and scam users for money. He needs to be verified. Why was his application denied? https://t.co/H2MWXoa8yG
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) January 8, 2019
If you’re going to provide verification for anyone on Twitter, it makes sense that it would be used to for a prominent fundraiser, to ensure that donations aren’t siphoned away by less than savory characters. However, it’s become increasingly clear that Twitter’s blue check is all-but-reserved for a pre-approved set of establishment progressive and centrist friendly journalists and self-appointed public figures.
It remains to be seen if the almost $20 million raised by Kolfage will be used to help build a wall, and most would prefer the United States government would fund the protection of its own borders instead of delegating its duties by passing the buck to private citizens. With that said, it is very much possible in theory for Kolfage’s raised money to be spent on building the wall.
“It has long been the law that private citizens can donate to the government. In 2012, a billionaire donated $7.5 million to help rebuild the Washington monument after the August 2012 Virginia Earthquake. Most of the legal authority focuses on when a taxpayer can deduct a donation to the U.S. Treasury from his or her income taxes.“
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8Chan Founder is Wanted for ‘Cyberlibel’ for Allegedly Maligning Current Owner of the Free Speech Site
Current 8Chan owner Jim Watkins has accused the site’s founder Fredrick Brennan of “cyberlibel.”
The Philippines has issued a warrant for the arrest of 8chan founder Fredrick Brennan after the man to whom he sold the controversial free speech website accused him of committing “cyberlibel.”
The Pasig City Regional Trial Court Branch 158 issued a warrant on Wednesday for the arrest of Brennan, his lawyer Alexander Acain Jr. confirmed to CNN Philippines. Acain says he will recommend for his client to return to the Philippines from the United States and post bail but is not sure if Brennan will heed his advice.
These charges have resulted from a complaint made by current 8Chan owner Jim Watkins, who bought the site from Brennan, after Brennan made tweets referring to Watkins as “senile” and “incompetent.” Brennan is being charged under the country’s Cybercrime Prevention Act.
“They are a malicious imputation of senility on the part of [Watkins,] a condition, status or circumstance tending to cause dishonor, discredit or contempt of [him,]” Pasig City Assistant Prosecutor Juliene Raymond Cabanacan said in an eight-page resolution issued on January 2 and received by Brennan’s attorneys last week.
Brennan, who is disabled and confined to a wheelchair, faces between 6 and 12 years in prison if he is ultimately convicted of the charges. He has become a vocal critic of how Watkins has handled 8Chan since he took full control over the site in 2016.
“I’ve tried to understand so many times why he keeps it going, and I just don’t get it,” Brennan said last year. “After Christchurch, after the Tree of Life shooting, and now after this shooting, they think this is all really funny.”
“Shutting it down, having these chan sites pushed underground, it wouldn’t totally stop these kinds of things from happening. But it wouldn’t happen every few months,” Brennan added.
Watkins, however, has contended that 8Chan is integral in the fight for global free speech and vows to keep the website up in some form to allow anonymous discussion on the Internet to continue.
“It is actually sinister behavior. Ours is one of the last independent companies that offer a place you may write down your thoughts free from having to worry about whether they are offensive to one group or another,” Watkins said after the media blamed 8Chan for enabling mass shootings.
“Power consolidation of the media beginning as radio and TV stations were gobbled up by a few strong and rich companies is now moving at a breakneck pace through the internet. It will effectively silence the masses and leave them with no place to voice their messages,” he added.
8Chan re-branded to 8kun in Nov. 2019 and was restored to the internet after being denied service by their DNS provider Cloudflare, which allows pedophiles to use their services to propagandize about the virtues of raping kids.
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