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Fundraising site Kickstarter has suspended an internet router campaign that promised anonymising online activity after raising over USD 600,000 in funds following an online backlash.
Anonabox developer August Germar on Friday confirmed that Kickstarter has pulled out its pitch from the campaign.
According to the sources, Kickstarter halted the project in the mid after it felt that Germar misled the contributors when he said that he had built all the hardware himself.
Such a move is a violation of Kickstarter’s rules, sources said.
Meanwhile, the fundraising website has informed all the funders that their money will not be collected.
Kickstarter, in its letter to the investors, said: “We take the integrity of the Kickstarter system very seriously. We only suspend projects when we find strong evidence that they are misrepresenting themselves or otherwise violating the letter or spirit of Kickstarter’s rules. As a policy, we do not offer comment on project suspensions beyond what is stated in this message.”
A 2.4in by 1.6in router Anonabox that directs online data via the Tor network, a software that allows anonymous web browsing, was highly condemned on the online forum Reddit.
Critics condemned the company alleging that it used off-the-shelf components.
“I think I should cancel my pledge. It troubles me that August was not forthcoming that they sourced the entire hardware package from that off-the-shelf Chinese router,” one of the Kickstarter backers wrote on the site.
In its first three days online, the firm has attracted eight times its initial funding goal of USD 7,500.