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Eh, I think you just read it wrong. This doesn't seem confusing nor deliberate. Right above the list of the sponsored open source projects, it says in bold:

""" The inclusion of the pledge recipients on this page does not constitute or imply any endorsement of Handshake on the part of recipients but simply reflects gratitude for the grant recipients' contributions to FOSS.

Some of the Current Pledge Recipients (Net 10.2MM USD + coin grants to some recipients) """

It has said this at least since August[0].

[0]: https://web.archive.org/web/20200817152057/https://handshake...

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