Engadget: YouTubers have raised $20 million to plant 20 million trees

Engadget: YouTubers have raised $20 million to plant 20 million trees. “A few months ago, some of the top YouTubers like Jimmy ‘MrBeast’ Donaldson and former NASA engineer Mark Rober launched the TeamTrees campaign. The initiative aimed to raise $20 million dollars, which would allow the Arbor Day Foundation to plant 20 million trees. The goal seemed a bit lofty, but the campaign reached its goal with over a week to spare before the self-imposed December 31st deadline.”

The Verge: Bioethics experts call on GoFundMe to ban unproven medical treatments

The Verge: Bioethics experts call on GoFundMe to ban unproven medical treatments. “In the new paper, published in the peer-reviewed bioethics journal The Hastings Center Report, the authors argue that GoFundMe enables misinformation that enriches bad actors and can harm patients sick with cancer or other serious conditions. Between November 2017 and November 2018, GoFundMe campaigns raised over $5 million for unregulated neurological stem cell procedures, according to a recent study. Those campaigns were shared over 200,000 times on social media.”

Boston Herald: Greek-Americans look to preserve historic archive

Boston Herald: Greek-Americans look to preserve historic archive. “The remaining copies of newspapers documenting 50 years of the Greek American community are falling apart at the seams, threatening the loss of the history ingrained in the contents of its pages. ‘They are literally crumbling like filo dough left on the kitchen counter,’ former editor-in-chief Nancy Agris Savage said of the The Hellenic Chronicle archive. ‘The Greek-American community has just exploded in the United States and the history of it is about to disappear if we don’t do something about it.'”

The Verge: Facebook will let nonprofits include a donate button on their Instagram profiles

The Verge: Facebook will let nonprofits include a donate button on their Instagram profiles. “Facebook is launching three new product features to increase fundraising across its platforms: a new Instagram donation button, a fundraising sticker in Facebook, and the broader rollout of fundraising on Facebook gaming live streams.”

Mashable: Facebook ad scam tricks users with images and video of Kickstarter products

Mashable: Facebook ad scam tricks users with images and video of Kickstarter products . “A devious new scam is sweeping Facebook. Scammers find an interesting or popular product from crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter or Indiegogo, rip the item’s details, photos, and videos, and push them via Facebook ads as their own products. Victims of the fraud are either never sent the product or receive a knockoff version.”

The Verge: MrBeast partners with more than 600 YouTubers, including PewDiePie and MKBHD, to plant 20 million trees

The Verge: MrBeast partners with more than 600 YouTubers, including PewDiePie and MKBHD, to plant 20 million trees. “More than 600 YouTubers are teaming up to take on one of the biggest fundraising challenges the platform has ever seen: raising $20 million by the end of the year to plant 20 million trees.”

Internet Archive: Calculating the True Value of A Library that is Free

Internet Archive: Calculating the True Value of A Library that is Free. “The Internet Archive, which runs the project Open Library, is working to create a vast network of online book lending in order to make all books accessible to all people. Open Library cares about the input of its readers. As Open librarian and Internet Archive Software Engineer Mek Karpeles describes, ‘Open Library’s theory is that readers deserve a say in what’s on their bookshelves,’ which is why he and his team have created a new Book Sponsorship feature.”

NBC News: Anti-vaccination groups still crowdfunding on Facebook despite crackdown

NBC News: Anti-vaccination groups still crowdfunding on Facebook despite crackdown. “Activists planning to line California roadways with anti-vaccination billboards full of misinformation are paying for them through Facebook fundraisers, despite a platform-wide crackdown on such campaigns.”

TechCrunch: GoFundMe launches free platform for nonprofits and charities, rolls out button to donate anywhere

TechCrunch: GoFundMe launches free platform for nonprofits and charities, rolls out button to donate anywhere. “GoFundMe has made its name primarily as a platform for individuals to create fundraisers for personal causes — a service that has seen hundreds of campaigns go viral through social media to raise collectively well over $5 billion in funding to date. Now, the startup is taking the next step in its ambition to build what CEO Rob Solomon calls the ‘giving layer of the internet’.”

The National: £200k appeal to put historic Marzaroli photo archive online

The National (Scotland): £200k appeal to put historic Marzaroli photo archive online. “A FUNDRAISER has been launched with the aim of making the entire archive of a celebrated Scottish photographer freely available online. The Oscar Marzaroli images were donated to Glasgow Caledonian University by his family on yesterday, which was the 31st anniversary of his death.”

Variety: Google‘s Area 120 Is Testing Fundo, a Crowdfunding Service for Creators (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety: Google‘s Area 120 Is Testing Fundo, a Crowdfunding Service for Creators (EXCLUSIVE). “Google’s skunkworks lab Area 120 has been quietly testing an events-centric crowdfunding service for YouTubers, Variety has learned. Called Fundo, the service allows creators to invite their fans to virtual meet & greet sessions and other paid online events.”

Nieman Lab: Investigative journalism YouTube outlet Point is raising money for a misinformation-themed video game based on real-life stories

Nieman Lab: Investigative journalism YouTube outlet Point is raising money for a misinformation-themed video game based on real-life stories. “The investigative online journalism startup Point, a London-based investigative journalism startup focusing on technology and internet culture that publishes solely via video investigations on YouTube, is running a Kickstarter to launch Misinformer, ‘a text based, detective-style mobile game that puts the player in the position of citizen journalist who has to crack a major misinformation-based conspiracy before an upcoming election.'”

The Verge: Music crowdfunding website PledgeMusic goes offline amidst bankruptcy proceedings

The Verge: Music crowdfunding website PledgeMusic goes offline amidst bankruptcy proceedings. “PledgeMusic, a crowdfunding site designed to allow fans to back projects from artists, has gone offline, according to Variety. The company closed down its operations earlier this year as it went into bankruptcy proceedings, and the site’s closure means that artists won’t be able to retrieve information on their profiles and fans.”

Engadget: Kickstarter game teaches players how to identify fake news

Engadget: Kickstarter game teaches players how to identify fake news. “Between fake news, viral clickbait and biased reporting, it’s hard to get a sense of what is really true when reading the headlines. So a new game being pitched on Kickstarter aims to take the public behind the curtain and show them how journalism works by putting them in the driving seat.”