(Liberty Bell) – It’s time for conservatives to get rid of their PayPal accounts. The money processing company can’t seem to keep their partisan political views under wraps.
First they instituted a new policy of charging users $2,500 for spreading “inaccurate or misleading information” and then, in the face of backlash, claimed it was all just a big “mistake” and reversed the policy.
The changes were first announced on Sept. 26 when PayPal disclosed that they were changing certain user agreements. Starting on November 3, PayPal will expand its list of existing “prohibited activities” to include the sending, posting, or publication or messages, content, or materials under its Acceptable Use Policy.
“Violation of this Acceptable Use Policy constitutes a violation of the PayPal User Agreement and may subject you to damages, including liquidated damages of $2,500.00 U.S. dollars per violation, which may be debited directly from your PayPal account(s) as outlined in the User Agreement,” said PayPal.
Users of PayPal will soon be subject to financial penalty, as if PayPal is some kind of law enforcement agency, if they violate the new policy in regards to spreading “false information,” engaging in discrimination against the LGBTQ community, posing a risk to user safety and more.
According to PayPal, “You may not use the PayPal service for activities that involve the sending, posting, or publication of any messages, content, or materials that, in PayPal’s sole discretion:
1. Are harmful, obscene, harassing, or objectionable,
2. Depict or appear to depict nudity, sexual or other intimate activities,
3. Depict or promote illegal drug use,
4. Depict or promote violence, criminal activity, cruelty, or self-harm,
5. Depict, promote, or incite hatred or discrimination of protected groups or of individuals or groups based on protected characteristics (e.g. race, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, etc.)
6. Present a risk to user safety or wellbeing,
7. Are fraudulent, promote misinformation, or are unlawful,
8. Infringe the privacy, intellectual property rights, or other proprietary rights of any party, or (i) are otherwise unfit for publication.” (You can download the announcement here.)”
Of course, PayPal gets to decide who violates these rules based on their own definitions of the words used.
After the company was hit with major backlash over the policy changes they walked it back and claimed it went out in error and that the company would not be fining people for spreading so-called “misinformation.”
“An AUP notice recently went out in error that included incorrect information. PayPal is not fining people for misinformation and this language was never intended to be inserted in our policy. Our team is working to correct our policy pages. We’re sorry for the confusion this has caused,” PayPal remarked in an email.
This turned out to be a blatant lie.
ICYMI – PayPal has reinstated its $2,500 fine for "misinformation."
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) October 27, 2022
According to new reports PayPal is, in fact, reinstating the policy and intends to fine users $2,500 directly from their accounts if they “provide false, inaccurate or misleading information” according to its updated PayPal User Agreement.
“Violation of this Acceptable Use Policy constitutes a violation of the PayPal User Agreement and may subject you to damages, including liquidated damages of $2,500.00 U.S. dollars per violation, which may be debited directly from your PayPal account(s) as outlined in the User Agreement (see “Restricted Activities and Holds” section of the PayPal User Agreement).
Its Restricted Activities and Holds states (screenshot here), “In connection with your use of our websites, your PayPal account, the PayPal services, or in the course of your interactions with PayPal, other PayPal customers, or third parties, you must not provide false, inaccurate or misleading information.”
“If you’ve violated our Acceptable Use Policy, then you’re also responsible for damages to PayPal caused by your violation of this policy; or “If you are a seller and receive funds for transactions that violate the Acceptable Use Policy, then in addition to being subject to the above actions you will be liable to PayPal for the amount of PayPal’s damages caused by your violation of the Acceptable Use Policy. You acknowledge and agree that $2,500.00 U.S. dollars per violation of the Acceptable Use Policy is presently a reasonable minimum estimate of PayPal’s actual damages – including, but not limited to, internal administrative costs incurred by PayPal to monitor and track violations, damage to PayPal’s brand and reputation, and penalties imposed upon PayPal by its business partners resulting from a user’s violation – considering all currently existing circumstances, including the relationship of the sum to the range of harm to PayPal that reasonably could be anticipated because, due to the nature of the violations of the Acceptable Use Policy, actual damages would be impractical or extremely difficult to calculate. PayPal may deduct such damages directly from any existing balance in any PayPal account you control.”
Apparently, PayPal is the judge, jury and executioner.
Critics have slammed PayPal over the new policy including former President of PayPal, David Marcus, who slammed the company and called the policy “insanity” adding “a private company now gets to decide to take your money if you say something they disagree with.”
Naturally, Elon Musk, Twitter’s new owner, agreed.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 8, 2022
Many public figures are calling for a boycott of PayPal over the absurd “misinformation” policy, which we all know is simply a guise to target and punish conservatives.
After users began closing their accounts, some started to report having issues with closing their account. Coincidence? Not likely.
PayPal has removed the ability for users to close their accounts.
That tells you how bad the situation is.
— Nostra, House of Dumbass (@Nostre_damus) October 9, 2022
Do not take their $15 bribe. Delete your PayPal account. https://t.co/lFd7QBxG7M
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) October 13, 2022
Cancel PayPal. No private company should have the right to take money from law-abiding Americans for simply saying something they don’t agree with. This truly is insanity.
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