Charity website cites threats in removing hate group labels

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Posted: Jun 23, 2017 6:57 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A website that maintains a massive database of information about U.S. charities says it will remove warning labels flagging dozens of nonprofits as hate groups after threats directed at its staff.

GuideStar said in a statement Friday that its decision to remove the labels was driven by its "commitment to objectivity" and concerns for its staff's "wellbeing."

The self-described "neutral" repository for data on charities recently flagged 46 nonprofits for being labeled as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center. A banner atop their GuideStar profiles includes the law center's logo and a link to its website.

Several leaders of flagged groups demanded the removal of the banners. The list of flagged groups includes a nonprofit operated by white nationalist Richard Spencer. But it also includes more mainstream organizations.