GoFundMe pulls campaign for Michael Spavor, detained Canadian, after thousands raised

A fundraiser for a Canadian man detained in China has been deleted by a United States internet firm, leaving organizers of the charitable effort in the dark.

Donors had already committed more than $14,000 for Michael Spavor’s benefit when GoFundMe pulled the campaign, which was started in mid-December.

People who donated said they received an e-mail early Saturday saying their money had been refunded, resetting the tally of funds raised to almost zero. But GoFundMe continued to accept contributions.

The article suggests it may be due to Spavor’s connections to North Korea and GoFundMe’s fear of running afoul of US sanctions.