Juan M announced "Stack Exchange staff will actively remove links to a legal fund campaign from user profiles and posts" and implies that this is being done "under direction from our legal team". What specific legal risks is the Stack Exchange legal team afraid Stack Exchange will incur if it does not remove these links? Would a link to a page that links to that campaign incur the same risks?

Related question on Law.SE: Can a website incur liability for linking to a funding campaign for a lawsuit against it?

In response to close votes: this question is on topic because it is asking SE the rationale behind an announced decision.


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The risk is more people would donate to "the cause". Basically they assumed this would blow over, and now the reality has hit them that it won't.

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    If you check out said GoFundMe, there are a bunch of donations that give the banning of links to it as the motivation for donating Nov 15, 2019 at 2:35
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    @ReinstateMonica The rationale doesn't have to be correct to be their rationale. The rationale may still be correct, even if in the short term it causes a spike in donations. Nov 15, 2019 at 2:37
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    Of course, there's this not-so-new concept called Streisand effect...
    – Marc.2377
    Nov 15, 2019 at 7:31
  • @Marc.2377 Yes, there is the Streisand effect, but it only works occasionally. You have to gamble a bit here. Just giving in because of the Streisand effect might be even worse for them. Nov 15, 2019 at 9:57
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    This is a good answer, but maybe not to this question. The question asks for specific legal risks and increasing the amount of money that the other side has may not count as legal risk really. It's a risk though. Nov 15, 2019 at 9:59
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    @Trilarion I agree. Though the quote says "under direction from our legal team". I think there is an interpretation that it's a legal risk, when in reality it may be the legal team saying: "Don't give them a platform". Nov 15, 2019 at 13:34

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