A fundraising nongovernmental organization and a social media platform sadly got entangled with the humungous trade war between the US and Iran, currently put on the back burner.
A GoFundMe initiative meant to do well when it was organizing fundraisers for Iranian-Canadian families affected by the accidental plane crash that had killed Iranian and citizens from other countries including Canada and America too.
The California-based crowdfunding company, however, was forced to suspend at least two fundraisers likely slashing the funds they were going to raise for the affected families. GoFundMe was an initiative started in 2010, as a non-profit crowd-funding platform that has allowed people to raise money for events ranging from celebrations and graduations to challenging circumstances like accidents and illnesses. From 2010 to 2017, over $5 billion was raised on the platform from 50 million donors.
The Iranian military shot down a commercial plane of their own killing all 57 Canadian citizens traveling on the plane. In the first week of January this year, a Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 crashed just the north of the suburb of Paran, in Tehran from where video footage was retrieved that shows a probable Iranian Surface to Air Missile.
The spokesperson to the crowd-funding company did say that it had to retract its funding initiatives due to America’s sanctions on Iran.
Instagram similarly cited U.S. sanctions when censoring certain content in the wake of the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani earlier this month, highlighting how the complex web of American sanctions on Iran is largely open to interpretation by Silicon Valley.
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