AmazonSmile Removes Pro-Family Groups from Eligible Charities-Mostly Truth!
Summary of eRumor:
AmazonSmile has removed charities identifying themselves as “pro-family” from its list of charities that are eligible to receive donations.
AmazonSmile has removed a number of “pro-family” charitable groups from the program in recent years for violating its terms of service.
Most recently, AmazonSmile delisted the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) in early May 2018. The conservative nonprofit group says it was delisted because the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) designated it as a “hate group” in late 2017. In a letter contesting the delisting, ADF President and CEO Michael Ferris called SPLC “a far-left propaganda machine that slanders organizations with which it disagrees and destroys the possibility of civil discourse in the process.”
AmazonSmile’s participation agreement outlines terms for the program. And, while SPLC is not named in the agreement, AmazonSmile says it draws data from the GuideStar charity navigator tool to determine eligible charities. And GuideStar uses data provided by SPLC, including “hate group” designations to rate charities. So, indirectly, AmazonSmile uses SPLC “hate group” designations to determine eligibility.
AmazonSmile has not issued a public statement on ADF’s delisting. But SPLC has been attributed to a number of delistings in the past. SPLC’s designation of Coral Ridge Ministries Media as a “hate group,” resulted in its delisting from AmazonSmile in late 2017. The group sued SPLC and AmazonSmile for defamation as a result. In a court document, Coral Ridge Ministries states that an Amazon rep said the Southern Poverty Law Center lists the group in “an ineligible category.” SPLC led the charge in getting a number of alt-right groups delisted in 2017.
SPLC states that ADF was listed as a hate group because it provides legal advocacy and training that supports “the recriminalization of homosexuality in the U.S. and abroad.” SPLC also notes that ADF has defended state-sanctioned sterilization of trans people, has linked homosexuality to pedophilia and believes that a “homosexual agenda will destroy Christianity and society.”
So, based on ADF’s public statement, the group’s SPLC designation as a hate group, and early developments we’re calling claims that AmazonSmile has banned “pro-family” charities “mostly truth.”