PayPal’s ban on conservative watchdog group fails

PayPal canceled the account of Jihad Watch director Robert Spencer on Monday, saying it “[prohibits] individuals and groups from using PayPal for activities that promote hate, violence, or racial intolerance.”

Jihad Watch is a conservative group that reports on terrorist activities around the world. Numerous angry citizens canceled their PayPal accounts following the blatant restriction of free speech. Spencer called it a “golden opportunity (for the left) when a Nazi psychopath plowed his car into a crowd of Leftists in Charlottesville, tried to use the moment as its Reichstag Fire, and crush all dissent from the hard-Left line.”

But after it suffered too many hits to their bottom line, PayPal sent Spencer the following letter Tuesday:

Dear Jihad Watch:

Effective 08/21/2017, the limitation applied to your account associated with https://www.jihadwatch.org pursuant to our User Agreement was removed. Your services are being reinstated.

PayPal’s Acceptable Use Policy in our User Agreement prohibits individuals and groups from using PayPal for activities that promote hate, violence, or racial intolerance. If we become aware of a website or organization using our services that may violate our polices, our dedicated team of professionals conducts a thorough review. Ultimately, a decision is made and communicated to the organization. In this instance, we have made the determination to lift the limitation applied to your account associated with the Acceptable Use Policy.

Sincerely,
Benjamin
PayPal Brand Risk Management
PayPal

Spencer says he has no intention of restoring the PayPal links on his website, noting he now “knows where they stand.” But he thanked his supporters and “lovers of freedom” for boycotting PayPal and helping to restore his accessibility.

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