An Indiegogo campaign set up by Anonymous to expand its news coverage through a dedicated site, rather than its existing Twitter andTumblr services, has closed with over $54,798 in crowd-sourced funding.
Anonymous launched the project with an initial funding target of $2,000, which the hacktivist collective said will be used to fund parts of the development process and initial hosting.
The news site will be used to bring together breaking news, reports and blogs from independent reporters online under its Your Anon News branding. Anonymous’ original campaign video said that it would provide a space for people on the ground, or ‘citizen journalists’, to be able to livestream events as they were taking place.
While the initial funding target was undoubtedly set well below the group’s predicted support, the money it has received from 1,309 backers means that it should have more than enough investment to build a news site with considerable influence.