Infowars.com, the controversial media platform for far-right American conspiracy theories and fake news ran by Alex Jones, has reportedly been cut off by the payment processor PayPal (PYPL).
According to recent tweets by New York Times journalist Nathaniel Popper, PayPal has cited alleged incidents of hate speech and discriminatory content as its basis for banning Infowars.
PayPal has indeed told Infowars they will need to get a new payment processors — the latest tech company to cut Infowars off. A PayPal spox says “we undertook an extensive review of the Infowars sites, and found instances that promoted hate or discriminatory intolerance.”
— Nathaniel Popper (@nathanielpopper) September 21, 2018
“We’ve made a decision to end our relationship with Infowars web sites, including PrisonPlanet,” a PayPal spokesman said. “We undertook an extensive review of the Infowars sites, and found instances that promoted hate or discriminatory intolerance against certain communities and religions, which run counter to our core value of inclusion.”
PayPal has given Infowars 10 days to find a new payment processor, and Jones’ followers are reportedly prompting the company to turn to cryptocurrency as an immediate alternative. One potential option, as pointed out in a response to Popper’s original tweet, could be Coinbase Commerce, an e-commerce payment processor specifically designed to accept major cryptocurrencies without a middleman.
However, it is unclear how much control Coinbase has over its APIs, as it might cite a breach of terms of services to deny Jones access to the platform.
PayPal is the latest in a long line of tech companies to take action against Jones and Infowars. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Apple and Spotify have all banned the renegade media outlet from their platforms this year.
In a recent video, Jones described the move by PayPal as “revealing big tech collusion with the left.”
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