ISRAEL Folau’s controversial GoFundMe has been pulled from the website for violating its terms of service.
GoFundMe Australia confirmed the news on Monday morning.
“Today we will be closing Israel Folau’s campaign and issuing full refunds to all donors,” the company’s regional manager in Australia Nicola Britton said in a statement.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
“After a routine period of evaluation, we have concluded that this campaign violates our terms of service.
“As a company, we are absolutely committed to the fight for equality for LGBTIQ+ people and fostering an environment of inclusivity. While we welcome GoFundMe’s engaging in diverse civil debate, we do not tolerate the promotion of discrimination or exclusion.
“In the days since Mr Folau’s campaign launched, more than one million dollars have been donated to hundreds of other campaigns, large and small, across Australia. Those acts of kindness are the heard of GoFundMe.
“Our platform exists to help people help others. Australians have shown themselves to be among the most kind and generous people in the world. We look forward to helping more Australians fundraise for causes they care about in the coming months and years.”
Folau has been widely criticised since Friday after asking the public to donate $3 million to help fund his legal fight against Rugby Australia, who terminated his contract over controversial social media posts.
It comes despite revelations Folau has an extensive property portfolio believed to be worth around $7 million.
He has launched legal proceedings with the Fair Work Commission, and is seeking up to $10 million in damages.
Folau’s fundraiser had amassed more than $760,000 on Monday but that money will now be refunded back to donors.