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Keaton Jones GoFundMe Account Frozen

By    |   Tuesday, 12 December 2017 09:13 AM

Keaton Jones' GoFundMe account has been frozen until the company can verify that the money would go to the Tennessee teenager who claimed he had been bullied in a viral video that has become a cause celebre, the New York Daily News stated.

Joseph Lam had set up the GoFundMe page that had raised $57,000 purportedly on behalf of the middle schooler and his family, the Daily News said.

Jones' teary YouTube video about being bullied became a hit on social media with more than 18 million views on Facebook and attracted responses from singer Demi Lovato, rapper Snoop Dogg, "Captain America" actor Chris Evans and basketball superstar LeBron James, noted the Daily News.

GoFundMe spokesman Bobby Whithorne told USA Today Tennessee that since Lam is a stranger to the family, they needed to find out more information about his intentions. The company said it had already taken down one bogus account that claimed it was supporting the Jones family.

"When a stranger starts a campaign and does not have a direct connection to the individual they're raising money for, funds are collected by our payment processors, held, and then only released only to the person named as the beneficiary," Whithorne told USA Today Tennessee. "All funds are on hold until we've received additional information from the beneficiary of the campaign.

"There was a separate GoFundMe active for a short period of time, but we removed it from our platform before it raised any money because of fraud concerns. The identity of the campaign organizer did not match anyone associated with the family," he added.

Support for the Jones family was questioned when MMA fighter Joe Schilling charged on Instagram that the mother who reportedly made the video of her son, Kimberly Jones, just "wants money" and turned down an invitation to take her son to a show in Los Angeles, the Daily News said.

The controversy heightened when she faced racism charges by some social media users based on an alleged post by the mother that used Confederate battle flags, USA Today Tennessee wrote.

The post, captured by screenshots before Jones made the account private, complained about Americans who protested the American flag and show family members holding the Confederate symbol, USA Today Tennessee said.

"I've taken that down for a reason," Jones told Fox News of her Facebook page, without revealing what reason.

Jones also told Fox News that Schilling's claim that she just wanted money were "untrue."

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