“The supervisor was extremely rude and implied that it had everything to do with my politics.”
Online banking giant Paypal has reportedly banned a conservative journalist from having an account, and he claims it is for political reasons.
“The supervisor was extremely rude and implied that it had everything to do with my politics,” Cheong added.
The journalist further stated that Paypal “wouldn’t let me know which rule I broke or how, gave me a lecture instead on how journalists don’t reveal sources.”
He continued, “When I pressed them on whether it was my politics they seemed to imply that it was—the guy was really rude—and commented that ‘on issues regarding politics, PayPal remains neutral.’”
Cheong says Paypal also will not release his funds for 6 months.
As we reported last year, PayPal co-founder David Sacks, no longer with the company, warned that the financial giant is creating a de facto ‘no buy list’ by banning people for their opinions, describing it as a move that will actually increase extremism in the long term.
“PayPal is turning its back on its original mission. It is now leading the charge to restrict participation by those it deems unworthy,” Sacks noted.
The entrepreneur also argued that by partnering with the likes of the ADL and the SPLC, PayPal has allowed itself to be used as a tool by far-left activist outfits to censor ideological opposition.
“I have no desire to defend genuinely hateful or extremist groups,” writes Sacks, adding “Indeed, when I was COO at PayPal, we regularly worked with law enforcement to restrict illegal activity on our platform. But we are talking about something very different here: shutting down people and organizations that express views that are entirely lawful, even if they are unpopular in Silicon Valley.”
This is far from unprecedented and has been going on for some time. Outlets like Infowars had their Paypal accounts suspended a long time ago.
Now it’s time for everyone else to become the target.
Paypal and other online banking systems are also now subject to Joe Biden’s IRS crack down on small businesses, which will now have to report all transactions greater than $600 through the third party platforms.