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.