Last week Snopes.com launched a GoFundMe titled “SaveSnopes!”. They used the #SaveSnopes hashtag and everything so we know it’s official. The GoFundMe asks for $500,000 to “meet our basic operating expenses, the overwhelming bulk of which is the salaries of our staff.” According to Snopes founder David Mikkelson, Proper Media (the company providing technical services and infrastructure for Snopes), began withholding advertising revenue from the Snopes staff earlier this year.
Even worse, they’ve locked down all of the hosting for Snopes. According to Mikkelson their hands are completely tied. In his own words:
Our ability to modify the site is very limited. We can inject small snippets of code like buttons and banners via a WordPress plugin, but we do not have access to servers, our source code, or our database.
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