Kickstarter just suspended the Adoptly campaign; a project to crowdfund the Tinder-style app for adopting baby hit the crowdfunding platform. Promising that finding a baby for adoption is just a swipe away, Adoptly launched the Kickstarter campaign last week.
Kickstarter didn’t explain the reason behind this suspension, instead pointed to a list of rules, which campaigns can be suspended for violating. However, as The Verge reported earlier, it’s easier to guess: Adoptly seems to be a fake project. Also, some of the reasons around misrepresentation are likely to be appropriate here.
According to The Verge, the identities of the listed employees could not be verified on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or other places expected to find startup founders. Though it spoke to an Adoptly member who insisted that it was legit, there was a lack of evidence to support it.
This suspension won’t affect the outcome, as the campaign wasn’t going all that well. At the time of the suspension, the campaign had only made $4,000 off of a $150,000 goal with 16 backers. In this situation, all the backers will get funding returned as there is no chance to reverse the decision. Albeit the Kickstarter campaign has been suspended, the website for Adoptly still remains up.