PayPal (PYPL) has reportedly banned far-right activist and English Defence League founder “Tommy Robinson,” a.k.a. Stephen Christopher Yaxley, for not following its user guidelines.
While PayPal does not comment on specific banning events, they did issue a statement saying, “We do not allow PayPal services to be used to promote hate, violence, or other forms of intolerance that is discriminatory.”
In a post on Facebook, Robinson responded, “Look at the PayPal Fascists, can’t even explain what exactly I have done that is not inline with their User agreement. They steal our funds for 6 months? Screw Paypal and the establishment if you still want to support me you can do so without Paypal at www.supporttommy.com or using Bitcoin wallet 3MspPzwvsAwNHG2UsFMXzA6LVhHRqzajRc.”
Robinson was recently released from prison in August after three leading judges quashed a contempt of court finding made at Leeds crown court, according to the Guardian. Robinson reportedly received $26,000 worth of bitcoin (3.44 BTC) to cover his legal expenses from his supporters.
This news comes just a month after PayPal banned Infowars.com, the controversial media platform for far-right American conspiracy theories and fake news ran by Alex Jones. PayPal had cited alleged incidents of hate speech and discriminatory content as its basis for banning Infowars.
More recently, Gab, a social networking service created as an alternative to Twitter, was banned by PayPal following the shooting that took place at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where 11 people were killed and at least 6 were injured.
These recent events have made it quite clear that PayPal is taking a stand against content and speech that it deems to violate its terms of service, and decentralized cryptocurrencies may be utilized to fill the gap for these controversial figures.
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Related: PayPal Bans Gab for Hate Speech Following the Pittsburgh Shooting
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