One of the biggest news today is that PayPal has permanently banned Infowars from using their services anymore for promoting ‘hate and intolerance’, as PayPal does not support this conduct by any means.
According to an announcement that PayPal made this Friday, the American company has made public the closure of its business agreement with Infowars, the right-wing conspiracy site and all of its websites.
As according to PayPal, Infowars have “promoted hate and discriminatory intolerance against certain communities and religions,” which is something that violates the PayPal Policy.
Along with this, Alex Jones, the host of Infowars have now been banned permanently from using services and platforms from multiple technology companies, namely Facebook, YouTube, Apple’s iTunes and Podcast app, Spotify, LinkedIn, Pinterest, MailChimp, Vimeo, and the porn site- YouPorn as well.
The worst outcome of this ban will be the harsh effect on Infowars’ funds. Apparently, Infowars has been earning a hefty amount by selling dietary supplements, survival gear and other merch, NYMag reports. And PayPal was the primary option for payment on Infowars, along with credit cards.
Now according to Infowars, the ban that PayPal has put on the site “represents nothing less than a political ploy designed to financially sabotage an influential media outlet just weeks before the midterm elections.”
In reply to the comment made by Infowars, PayPal has to say, “We understand, given the current divisions in our democracy, that some of our decisions will be unpopular. But our commitment to our customers and our employees is to consistently live by and uphold our values. Above all, that means working constantly to ensure that PayPal is not used by anyone as a platform for perpetuating hate and discriminatory intolerance.”
Furthermore, PayPal’s banning Infowars is an act that adds fuel to fire as Jones is already dealing with a number of defamation lawsuits because of the insensitive comments he made when he accused the parents of children who were killed in the Sandy Hook shooting case.
As we know, this is clearly not the first time PayPal has severed its ties with a contentious association. It dates back in 2010, where PayPal hung up all accounts related to WikiLeaks, the whistle-blowing service that collected donations, where PayPal stated, “violation of the PayPal Acceptable Use Policy, which states that our payment service cannot be used for any activities that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity.”
PayPal made this decision right away when the U.S. government condemned WikiLeaks for making a large number of confidential government records public.