Larry Cook will no longer be able to raise money by creating campaigns on GoFundMe. GoFundMe will no longer allow campaigns on their platform that raise money to spread vaccine misinformation. The revelation will cripple Cook’s ability to raise money to fund his anti-vax empire.
According to the Daily Beast, GoFundMe will begin removing campaigns that promote vaccine misinformation. Spokesman Bobby Whithorne said,
“Campaigns raising money to promote misinformation about vaccines violate GoFundMe’s terms of service and will be removed from the platform.”
Whithorne went on to say that the company will do a thorough review of all campaigns and remove any that spread vaccine misinformation.
With the change, Cook loses his primary source of revenue to fund his mission to stop mandatory vaccinations. For years, Cook used the site to start campaigns to save children, stop vaccine mandates, and support his business. According to the Daily Beast, his campaigns have raised close to $80,000.00.
In the past month, Cook’s business has been crippled by changes imposed by large social media platforms. Pinterest, YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram announced their platforms would work to stop the spread of vaccine misinformation.
On YouTube, channels that promote vaccine misinformation or hoaxes will no longer run ads. Cook’s YouTube channel has over 46,000 subscribers and over 8 million total views. Due to his channel heavily promoting vaccine misinformation. His videos also get a disclaimer from YouTube that indicates the content is spreading vaccine misinformation.
On Facebook, Cook is no longer able to promote or boost any posts on his page that spread vaccine misinformation. Cook used the boost and advertising through his page to grow his following to over 160,000.
Since the announcement by GoFundMe, Cook has been oddly silent on the news. Generally, he shares links to his GoFundMe campaign’s multiple times per week. Now he is using his time to promote his affiliate store on Amazon to try to earn cash.
On his website, Cook removed the links to the GoFundMe campaigns. A search through his group “Stop Mandatory Vaccinations,” found several old posts referencing the campaigns. However, the links take users to a screen that says “Campaign Not Found.”
As more platforms ban Cook and other anti-vaxxers, the leaders will need to find more creative measures to earn cash. Cook now will accept credit cards and PayPal donations for his work. On his website, Cook says explicitly that donations will be used to “pay my personal bills.”
With PayPal being his last source of income, the payment platform needs to consider banning Cook from its platform. PayPal has banned other conspiracy theorists from the site like ‘InfoWars’ host Alex Jones. Amazon should also consider removing Cook’s store for their website.
As more and more money options fading for Cook, his plan to rid the world of vaccines could be foiled. Let’s hope the rest of the sites step up and get rid of Cook’s ability to earn income by spreading vaccine misinformation.
*Katie Joy is a columnist and hosts Without A Crystal Ball on Patheos Non-Religious Channel. She writes articles on parenting, disability advocacy, debunking pseudoscience, atheism, and crimes against women and children.
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