Patreon suspends NGO account collecting money to assist Ukrainian military

Patreon says it’s suspended the crowdfunding page for “Come Back Alive,” a Ukrainian NGO that was collecting money to support the the country’s military in response to Russian aggression. In a statement given to CNBC, the platform said it “does not allow any campaigns involved in violence or purchasing of military equipment, regardless of their cause.”

According to Come Back Alive’s website, the Kyiv-headquartered NGO aims to provide technical assistance to the Ukrainian military, such as providing night vision equipment, as well as rehabilitating veterans. CNBC reports that the organization also provided body armor, medical kits, and helmets to Ukrainian soldiers. But the branding of the NGO’s Patreon tiers — including “Bullet,” “Projectile,” and “Bomb” — led to confusion that funds were literally buying ammunition for the Ukranian military.

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