Online Payment Processors Enter Deplatforming Movement, by Tim Wilms.
To send and receive payments online a big tech duopoly has emerged with Stripe which processes online credit card payments and PayPal which facilitates direct online money transfers through an online account made popular by eBay. …
Deplatforming has now spread to online payments, with the big online payers denying financial accounts for people the SJWs dislike. Phase two of deplatforming:
The first victim was Alex Jones’ Infowars as PayPal deleted their account in September in the aftermath of Infowars being deplatformed from all major social media sites. Jones is now vowing to sue PayPal.
Then things really ticked up when Twitter alternative Gab.ai were no longer able to receive payments through Stripe and Paypal after the revelation the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter had a Gab account. They even had their web hosting revoked, resulting in their being offline for a week.
PayPal since then has began the process of removing the accounts of politically controversial public figures and institutions. It started with anti Islam and British values campaigner Tommy Robinson having his PayPal account deleted last Friday. Robinson has now opened up a bitcoin donate link in response.
The next day it removed PayPal accounts linked to the Proud Boys which followed their deplatforming from Facebook late last month. However to PayPal’s credit it removed PayPal accounts linked to various Antifa groups so at least it is being consistent in its new policy of not facilitating payments to fringe political groups from both the left and right. The left did not like this policy applying equally to them.
Then on Sunday Australia patriot activist Blair Cottrell had his PayPal account removed which he had been using to raise legal funds for his High Court challenge against his conviction for offending Muslims over the United Patriot Front’s mock beheading video in Bendigo in 2015.
Creator crowdfunding site Patreon has also engaged in no platform against right wing commentators. YouTuber Love Life and Anarchy, broadcaster Christopher Cantwell, Lauren Southern and Faith Goldy have had their Patreon accounts removed over the past two years. Free speech alternatives to Patreon Maker Support, Hatreon and FreeStartr have all been deplatformed from online payment processors.
We need a whole new non-PC Internet.