The light might be going dark at Snopes.com soon.
One of the internet’s first and most famous fact-checking websites has announced they need to raise $500,000 to keep their website online. The site is in danger of closing because a previous website hosting vendor is holding the website “hostage.”
According to the post on SaveSnopes.com (and their GoFundMe page), the contract between Snopes and Proper Media, a private company that manages the Snopes.com web property, ended earlier this year.
Proper Media won’t release the site back to Snopes. As a result, Snopes can’t put advertising on its site. Because advertising is Snopes’s only revenue stream, the site is now in danger of shutting down, the company said.
The statement continues, “Our legal team is fighting hard for us, but, having been cut off from all revenue, we are facing the prospect of having no financial means to continue operating the site and paying our staff.”
So far, generous Snopes fans have donated over $300,000 of their $500,000 goal.
— snopes.com (@snopes) July 24, 2017