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GoFundMe has set itself up as judge, jury and executioner

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GoFundMe’s abrupt shutdown of Israel Folau’s fundraising page yesterday for “violation of … terms of service” is a troubling development for his religious freedom case and has disturbing implications for freedom of speech.

Folau’s GoFundMe campaign has been highly criticised. Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle and various media outlets have condemned Israel Folau for fundraising on a forum that, apparently, is only for kids with cancer. Apparently, his campaign opens a legal can of worms. Yet, GoFundMe continues to list 17,000-plus legal fund campaigns.

Israel Folau's controversial appeal for financial assistance for his legal fight has been shut down by GoFundMe Australia. Credit:AAP, GoFundMe

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young continues to raise funds on her year-old GoFundMe campaign for defamation claim against Senator David Leyonhjelm. The much-celebrated........

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