PayPal Bans Infowars for Promoting Hate and Discrimination

PayPal Bans Infowars for Promoting Hate and Discrimination September 22, 2018
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Notorious conspiracy leader Alex Jones has been banned from using PayPal. Jones, the host of Infowars, received the notification from PayPal on Thursday. PayPal says they made the decision based on the findings the website promoted hate-speech and discriminatory intolerance. While other outlets have banned Jones from their platforms, none have impacted his wallet like PayPal.

In an article published on Washington Post, PayPal released a statement that said the company “found instances that promoted hate or discriminatory intolerance against certain communities and religions, which run counter to our core value of inclusion.”

When pressed for details by media for the instances referenced in the statement by PayPal, they provided no additional comments. PayPal joins other tech companies that have banned Jones for similar reasons. Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Apple have all taken a stand against the fake news spread by Info Wars.

For his part, Jones took to his website to tell his followers that PayPal was using political tactics. He believes they are trying to sabotage his influential media network. According to Jone, PayPal said to him that he has ten days to find a new payment service for his website.

Of all the tech companies that have banned his products, PayPal’s ban obstructs his venue stream the most. Research completed by Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism indicates Jones generates considerable income from his website.

The Washington Post reported earlier this month that Jone’s sales on Infowars website were up 55% in August from June. 1.5 million people visited the Infowars Store in August. 900,000 people, or 60%, of store visitors, used PayPal after being in the store. The information collected by the research indicates his website does well in generating sales from the views.

Now that PayPal will no longer allow Jones access to their service, it is unclear what payment methods he will utilize.

As all good conspiracy theorists do, many took to Jone’s blog to suggest he accept cryptocurrency like bitcoin. Bitcoin has been under fire recently for being unreliable, unstable, and prone to fraud and theft. While there are other platforms Jones could use for payment, PayPal is the leader in the online transactions.

While Jone’s kingdom continues to crumble, only time will tell how the PayPal ban affects his influence in the media. For now, conspiracy theorist fan’s will have to find another avenue to purchase their Info Wars garbage.

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