A recent report by the digital rights advocacy group, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), has found that QAnon supporters are funding their conspiracy theory movement through the platform Buy Me a Coffee. The report also found that the platform was being used by groups promoting military white supremacy.
Buy Me a Coffee is a popular crowdfunding platform that allows creators to receive financial support from their followers. The platform is widely used by artists, podcasters, and other content creators, but it appears that it has also become a hub for extremist groups.
According to the EFF report, QAnon supporters have been using Buy Me a Coffee to fund their conspiracy theory movement. The report found that several QAnon-affiliated accounts on Buy Me a Coffee have received significant financial support from their followers, with some accounts receiving over $10,000 in donations.
The report also found that the platform was being used by groups promoting military white supremacy. The EFF identified several accounts that were promoting white supremacist ideologies and advocating for the violent overthrow of the US government.
The findings of the report highlight the growing concern over the use of crowdfunding platforms by extremist groups. In recent years, there has been a sharp rise in the number of crowdfunding campaigns set up by far-right groups and individuals.
The EFF has called on Buy Me a Coffee to take stronger action to prevent its platform from being used to fund extremist activities. The group has urged the platform to develop better content moderation policies and to increase transparency around the funding of its users.
In response to the report, Buy Me a Coffee said that it was committed to preventing its platform from being used to fund extremist activities. The platform said that it had removed several accounts identified in the EFF report and was implementing new policies to improve content moderation.
The EFF report comes amid growing concern over the spread of extremist ideologies online. In recent years, social media platforms have come under fire for their role in facilitating the spread of hate speech and extremist content. The findings of the report highlight the need for greater vigilance and action by online platforms to prevent their services from being used to fund extremist activities.