PayPal shuts down access for Richard Spencer and other racist extremists- Here’s why (Details)

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PayPal recently announced they will be blocking the use of their services from hate groups and similar users that are asking for donations. In the past, these donations have been used to promote violence and racial intolerance.

In a blog post on Tuesday, PayPal condemned these extremist groups and made a pledge that they would cut down their access to the company’s services.

“The events in Charlottesville are yet another disturbing example of the many forms that racism and hatred manifest,” Franz Paasche, PayPal’s senior vice president of corporate affairs and communications, wrote in the blog post.

“PayPal will – as we consistently have in the past – limit or end customer relationships and prohibit the use of our services by those that meet the thresholds of violating our policy,” he continued.

Paasche admitted that the company will have difficulty in discerning the “fine line” between those who are expressing their opinions and those who are violating their terms of service.

“Maintaining the necessary balance between protecting the principles of tolerance, diversity and respect for people of all backgrounds with upholding legitimate free expression and open dialogue can be difficult, but we do our very best to achieve it,” said Paasche.

The company made the pledge just shortly after the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) reported that Paypal’s services played an integral part in organizing the recent Charlotteville white nationalist rally.

“Organizers, speakers, and individual attendees relied on the platform to move funds in the run up to the ultimately deadly event,” stated the SPLC.

GoFundMe, another common fundraising site, recently shut down donations that were supporting the Charlottesville rally terrorist, James Alex Fields.


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