Snopes.com, a site that dispels internet rumors and hoaxes — and has controversially entered into the political fact-checking arena, is on the verge of destruction.
USA Today reports:
Snopes.com is in the midst of a legal battle in which it accuses a former contractor of holding its site hostage, and it’s in danger of shutting its doors.
This is the Internet’s go-to website for debunking and tracking a wide range of myths, urban legends, and outright lies.
The Snopes fact-checking archive is extensive and part of what is in danger, according to a statement released by the website.
“We need our community now more than ever, as it is only through your support that Snopes.com can remain the community and resource we all know and love.”
The statement says an outside vendor won’t turn over the site despite its contractual agreement ending earlier this year, according to a plea published Monday. Although Snopes still has editorial control, the free service has been cut off from its only source of income: advertising revenue.
“We are facing the prospect of having no financial means to continue operating the site and paying our staff (not to mention covering our legal fees) in the meanwhile,” reads the plea for help on savesnopes.com.
Snopes.com is asking readers to donate $10 or more to keep the company afloat through a GoFundMe campaign. It’s raised more than $92,000 of their $500,000 goal so far.
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