How Canada's far-right are using GoFundMe to fund their spread of hate - 2019-05-16
Hours after a far-right vlogger and former Mississauga, Ont. mayoral candidate lost the biggest defamation suit regarding online hate in Canada, someone set up a GoFundMe page on his behalf to raise money to challenge the decision, which was taken down after National Observer and others inquired about it.
Kevin Johnston is a 47-year-old man who runs the Freedom Report — a network of sites that frequently shared anti-Muslim views. In 2018, he ran for mayor of Mississauga, Canada's sixth largest city, and finished in second place with 13.5 percent of the vote. He has also created videos targeting Muslim leaders in government including Liberal MP Iqra Khalid and worked with Rebel Media. (Full disclosure: he has also made a video referencing this reporter.)
In 2017, he offered a $1,000 prize to anyone who could send him a video of Muslim students praying in high schools, so he could put a stop to it. That same year he was charged with a hate crime after "a lengthy investigation into numerous incidents reported to police" involving him and the information he spreads on his social media.