Why Has PayPal Suspended InfoWars Accounts?
WASHINGTON, DC – September 24, 2018
Payment processor PayPal representatives called Infowars Thursday to confirm that PayPal was terminating its agreement after “a comprehensive review of the Infowars site”, InfoWars said.
The payments processor claimed that Infowars violated PayPal’s “acceptable use policy” because it “promoted hate and discriminatory intolerance against certain communities and religions.”
No specific examples whatsoever were officially provided to back up this claim, which relies on a nebulous definition of “hate” which is so vague that virtually anything could qualify, said Infowars’ editor Paul Joseph Watson.
According to a PayPal spokesman, the company made a decision to end our relationship with Infowars websites, including PrisonPlanet.
‘We undertook an extensive review of the Infowars sites, and found instances that promoted hate and discriminatory intolerance against certain communities and religions that run counter to our core value of inclusion. We believe that hatred and discrimination have no place in our democratic society and, we do not support this conduct. […] We work hard to achieve the right balance and to ensure that our decisions are values-driven and not political,’ the statement said.
“PayPal still offers its services to all kinds of unsavory groups and organizations, including groups linked to Palestinian terrorists and extremists like Louis Farrakhan. Why aren’t they banned? Who decides what constitutes “hate”, Watson questioned.
Infowars’ sources said that Jones’ criticism of Islam and opposition to transgenderism being taught to children in schools were two of the examples of “hate”.
“The ban was instituted despite InfowarsStore.com containing no political content whatsoever, emphasizing how the decision was a broader attack on the Infowars platform”, noted Watson.
These type of attacks are coordinated and have been going on for some time already, they just happen to be a little more public and circumspect in Jones's case. The Barnes Review, which publishes books on history outside the mainstream (although backed up academically with full citations) was, a year or two ago and with a perfect record, dropped from their credit card payment processor. Simultaneously, after Paypal dropped them, other payment processors they contacted also refused them access. People like David Horowitz and Robert Spencer have already had their access to the marketplace restricted because of their criticism of Islam. Thus, PayPal has become another censorship tool against independent investigators, journalists and media.
The deplatforming of Alex Jones and Infowars was amplified by Democratic Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL), who, during a hearing into social media censorship on July 17, demanded to know why Facebook and YouTube hadn’t banned Jones. Both companies complied with Deutch’s demand within weeks.
The ban took place just weeks after the group Right Wing Watch (funded by George Soros) published an article demanding that PayPal terminate its agreement with Infowars for “egregious violations of the platform’s own terms of service.”
Less than two weeks ago, the Washington Post published an article that served as a dog whistle for PayPal to ban Infowars, added Watson.
Infowars was also tipped off by sources in DC that payment processors would be the next target, with Jones being the first victim, after which attempts to bring down the NRA and more mainstream conservative groups will follow.
PayPal representatives said they would give Infowars 10 days to switch payment processors, after which all services would be terminated. Infowars is currently considering all legal options in response to PayPal’s announcement, Watson said.
On September 6th, Twitter ban journalist Alex Jones and his website InfoWars from its platform, accusing him of “abusive behavior and policy violation”, as USA Really reported earlier.