The fact checking site has began soliciting donations from a GoFundMe.
Uh Oh. It looks like the famous “objective” “fact” checking site may be in a bit of trouble. Yesterday the site announced the creation of a GoFundMe page to help offset the costs of a legal battle with Proper Media LLC, who claim to own the management rights of snopes.com after the divorce of co-founders David and Barbara Mikkelson, in which Barbara sold half of her ownership of Snopes to Proper Media.
Snopes, which was launched in 1995 after David and Barbara met in the alt.folklore.urban newsgroup, began as a site dedicated to debunking urban myths, such as Bigfoot and creepy ghost stories. They soon catapulted to fame as the preeminent fact checking site online, and in the leadup to the 2017 US Presidential election, were used by Google and Facebook to combat what these companies deemed to be “fake news”.
From the Daily Mail:
“In the filings, Barbara, 57, has accused her former husband, 56, of ‘raiding the corporate business Bardav bank account for his personal use and attorney fees’ without consulting her.
She also claimed he embezzled $98,000 from the company over the course of four years ‘which he expended upon himself and the prostitutes he hired’.
When contacted by the Dailymail.com, David said he was legally prohibited from discussing his ex-wife’s allegations.
‘I’d love to respond, but unfortunately the terms of a binding settlement agreement preclude me from publicly discussing the details of our divorce,’ he said. Barbara Mikkelson said: ‘No comment.’
In court records, Barbara alleged that her ex-husband removed thousands from their business accounts between April and June of 2016 to pay for trips for him and his ‘girlfriend’.
She claimed he spent nearly $10,000 on a 24-day ‘personal vacation’ in India this year and expensed his girlfriend’s plane ticket to Buenos Aires.
‘He’s been depleting the corporate account by spending monies from it on his personal expenses,’ said Barbara in a filing last June.”
David has since remarried to adult model Elyssa Young, who is now one of the site’s lead fact checkers.
Now, Snopes is claiming that Proper Media have prevented them from soliciting advertisers after Proper Media’s claim that David has tried to stop them of performing it’s duties as co-owners of the company.
However, for those of you celebrating the untimely death of this fact checking behemoth that some accuse of being incredibly liberal biased, you may not want to count your chickens just yet: at the time of publication, the Snopes GoFundMe has already raised almost $494,000 of it’s $500k goal.