PAYPAL THOUGHT POLICE
Written by Peter Boykin on October 13, 2022
Shared By Peter Boykin – American Political Commentator / Citizen Journalist
PAYPAL THOUGHT POLICE
After widespread backlash, PayPal was forced to reverse its plans to charge users a $2,500 fine for posting “misinformation” online.
On September 26, the popular online payment platform published its updated Accepted Use Policy [AUP] which was to go into effect on November 3rd.
The update included a clause that gives the platform “sole discretion” to deduct $2,500 “debited directly from your PayPal account” if they believe you are:
“sending, posting, or publication of any messages, content, or materials that, in PayPal’s sole discretion, (a) are harmful, obscene, harassing, or objectionable … (e) depict, promote, or incite hatred or discrimination of protected groups or of individuals or groups based on protected characteristics (e.g. race, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, etc.) … (g) are fraudulent, promote misinformation … or (i) are otherwise unfit for publication.”
We’ve seen terms like “misinformation” and “discrimination” weaponized by the left before, especially when it comes to online censorship.
This policy by PayPal takes it a step further – not just wanting to censor you, but wanting to financially ruin you for saying things they disagree with.
The revelation led to widespread outrage online, with users posting screenshots of them canceling their accounts. Even PayPal’s former president, David Marcus objected to the policy change.
“It’s hard for me to openly criticize a company I used to love and gave so much to. But @PayPal ’s new AUP goes against everything I believe in. A private company now gets to decide to take your money if you say something they disagree with. Insanity.”
Elon Musk, who ran PayPal up until 2000, replied to Marcus’ tweet saying: “Agreed”
Facing fierce backlash for their Chinese Communist-style policy, PayPal backtracked and claimed the notice was an error.
They released a statement saying:
“An AUP notice recently went out in error that included incorrect information. PayPal is not fining people for misinformation and this language was never intended to be inserted in our policy. We’re sorry for the confusion this has caused.”
…that’s obviously a lie. You don’t accidentally write a policy and then publish the policy. If I write “Joe Biden likes to sniff children” in this newsletter and then send it to you, I can’t claim it “never intended to be inserted” in the newsletter.
At the very least, PayPal drafted the policy.
Even if they didn’t plan to publish it, it doesn’t change the fact that they thought about it.
[Source: Legal Insurrection, Hot Air, Daily Wire]
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