Tracy Kiss, a 27-year-old single mother, was seeking to raise £10,000 to donate to a variety of charities supporting disabled people, children, and firefighters. Donors sending £10 or more to her campaign were promised a topless photo in return. Ms. Kiss offered a sample on her page, with heart graphics placed in such a way to ward off scandal:
But the promise of a topless photo in exchange for a donation goes directly against GoFundMe’s terms of service, which prohibit “adult services or products,” “sexually suggestive content,” or “material relating to [the] adult industry.” There’s no getting around it: Kiss was breaking rules. So GoFundMe responded in kind by removing her page from the website.
Nonetheless, Kiss was surprised that she’d been censored from the crowdfunding platform, despite the fact that it has traditionally taken a hard-line stance against adult content and sex workers.
“I was shocked when GoFundMe closed my fundraising page because of my controversial photo content violating their terms and conditions, which was a single topless photo that I’d censored by emoji hearts so didn’t actually expose anything,” she told the Mirror.
“Bearing in mind a 12-rating in the cinema allows children to view topless images and nudity and simulate sex and violence; I presume the majority of the public using donation sites are well above the age of 12.”
The Mirror reports that Kiss has since relocated her campaign to a site called YouCaring, but at the time of this writing, visitors will see an “unauthorized” message. It appears to have gone missing a second time.
Think of the children.