The Uncertaintist wrote this morning to the Help Center at Indiegogo, where the “Christians against Dinosaurs” crowdfunding campaign is hosted. I used Indiegogo’s online form. They acknowledged receipt of the message by return email. The message said:
Type of issue: Report a Policy Violation
Your email address: Uncertaintist@gmail.com
Subject: Prohibited Content
The “Christians against Dinsoaurs” campaign page links to the website,
Near the top of that site is a “slideshow” which contains a photograph which purports to depict several people demonstrating in support of the campaign’s agenda. Superimposed on the photo is the phrase “Fighting Big Paleo for Christ.”
In fact, the photograph is a graphically altered scene cropped from a picture taken on February 5, 2011 at a local-issue protest in St Ives, Cornwall. That protest was covered by journalists at the time, and the source photograph has long been hosted at the Facebook page of the Cornwall protestors.
The messages on the placards held by the protestors have been changed. Relevant photos are attached.
Thank you for the opportunity to discuss this matter.
Screen capture of the CAD site
Example of unaltered source photo
Wide shot of the 2011 protestors
Link to Campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/1150789
Update: Indiegogo issued a customer service message, about a day and a half after receiving our complaint. In pertinent part, the reply said
That’s good. What does that mean?
We will include the information you have provided along with all other information at our disposal in our review of the campaign. In some cases, we will contact the campaign owner for more information or have them edit their campaign and it will remain on our platform. If we find the project or campaign owner doesn’t follow our rules, we may remove the campaign. We may also restrict the campaign owner’s future activities on Indiegogo.
When will we hear about your decision?
To protect our users’ privacy, we’re unable to share the action we take.
Well, OK. I can see that raising money from the public might be a time when you could use some privacy. If something else turns up, can I share it with you?
Please note that you do not need to contact us again. Doing so would create a new ticket and prolong the process.
Mkay. The hoaxers chose their crowdfunding site well. As a matter of policy, Indiegogo campaign owners (in general, as explained in the reply and quoted above), can lie about their past activities, can be caught lying, and their public fundraising just might proceed anyway, with no disclosure to the public that there ever was any problem.
That’s handy to know about anything you might see on Indiegogo. However, in this case:
Update (March 10, 2015): It appears that the CAD fundraising campaign has been removed from Indiegogo.