Kickstarter posted a long blog post criticizing a controversial seduction guide project by Ken Hoinsky that raised $16,300 on the site. Many readers had complained about violent content the author had posted on Reddit.
UPDATE: Hoinsky has issued a statement about the controversy.
Kickstarter has decided to ban seduction guides “or anything similar” on the site. They also donated $25,000 to RAINN, an anti-sexual violence charity. Here’s more from the post:
First, there is no taking back money from the project or canceling funding after the fact. When the project was funded the backers’ money went directly from them to the creator. We missed the window. Second, the project page has been removed from Kickstarter. The project has no place on our site. For transparency’s sake, a record of the page is cached here. Third, we are prohibiting “seduction guides,” or anything similar, effective immediately. This material encourages misogynistic behavior and is inconsistent with our mission of funding creative works. These things do not belong on Kickstarter.
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