Without warning or explanation, PayPal inexplicably decided to close AltNewsMedia’s PayPal account on Tuesday the 8th October 2019.
As of that date, all donations are cancelled, effectively cutting off all income streams.
“We’ve placed a permanent limitation on your account
After reviewing your account activity, we’ve determined that you’re in violation of PayPal’s Acceptable Use Policy. As a result, we’ve placed a permanent limitation on your account.
Please remove all references to PayPal from your website(s) and/or auction(s). This includes not only removing PayPal as a payment option but also the PayPal logo and PayPal shopping cart.
As per the User Agreement, when PayPal places a permanent limitations on an account due to an Acceptable Use Policy violation, any funds in your account will be held for 180 days. After 180 days, if applicable, we’ll contact you with information on how to withdraw any money from your PayPal account.
Should any chargebacks result in your account balance falling below zero, you’ll also need to settle the amount owed to PayPal to avoid further action.
You can find the complete PayPal Acceptable Use Policy by clicking Legal at the bottom of any PayPal page.”
This was timed alongside other accounts, notably the political party For Britain, a party registered on the Electoral Commission’s website as a ‘Major UK Political Party’. There should be uproar in Parliament about this. Read the ‘For Britain’ statement here. What will the Electoral Commission do about this foreign interference in British politics?
De-platforming voices and then taking their income is fascism. And it is happening right in front of our eyes.
The implications of this action are striking, and whatever your political standpoint, this should cause major alarm. PayPal refused to allow a mediation period or discussion period to put forward their concerns for us to answer. After taking fees since day one, what changed requiring this dramatic action? The MD of PayPal refuses to answer, offloading the requests to a team that sends ‘automated’ emails back.
This is fascism of a kind unthinkable just a few years ago. AltNewsMedia is a free speech platform and welcomes all voices and opinions. It often goes against the ‘accepted narrative’ on issues such as immigration, trans issues, climate change, and has been critical of Islam as an ideology. All of these things are perfectly acceptable in a free and democratic society. PayPal cannot articulate what we have done wrong, but state that they don’t have to and the ‘decision is final’. Wow.
PayPal were insistent on the phone that the account termination was not political. We don’t believe them. It is more than coincidental that the views expressed on the AltNewsMedia platform and by For Britain are often similar, yet we are supposed to believe it is coincidence both were terminated on the same day at the same time? PayPal do not have the courage of their convictions to state the reason for their actions.
Make no mistake, this is political interference and the silencing of non left wing voices. All the people who shouted ‘Russia’ over losing the Brexit vote, will you step up and prove you’re genuine and argue our cause? Or will you allow the purge to continue of all the people you disagree with politically? This platform stood up for a major left wing figure who was banned from Twitter, someone we might disagree with on everything they say, but we realise freedom is far more important. That account was restored in 24 hours. None of the so called ‘right wing’ accounts have been.
But is isn’t political. Honestly.
As if suspension wasn’t enough, without telling your subscribers that has happened so they don’t realise their payments have stopped, PayPal state they will freeze the money for 180 days (6 months) that resides in the account before deciding whether to release it (see their statement above).
Needless to say, the legalities around all of this are being looked into and advice is being sought.
Everyone should stop using PayPal. They can take your money without explanation if they believe you think the wrong thoughts. Renew your subscriptions via other payment methods, even if that person, party or company has not yet been banned. They will be, the jackboots of big tech just haven’t marched to their door yet.
In the short term, don’t let them win. Please support us by setting up a new donation to AltNewsMedia. We won’t be silenced!
We have moved our site to fully private servers – we are committed to providing the alternative voice to the fake news media but we REFUSE to be silenced by the fascists that dislike it.