What’s The Ethical Response To Totalitarian Big Tech Companies Like PayPal?

PayPal added a new term of service to its fine print stating that on November 3, a user will incur a fine of $2,500 when any of the 429 million of them dare to express what the Dark, Woke Lords of PayPal deem to be “misinformation.” You know, by now, how that goes.

This deservedly caused what the media likes to call a”firestorm of protest,” so the mega-company quickly said they didn’t mean it, and that it was all due to an innocent mistake—you know, like by a pimply-faced intern who somehow was allowed to craft the new Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). Who believes that? There’s a Nigerian Prince I want to introduce them to.

If the company was that careless and incompetent, then nobody should trust them. If they intended the levy fines for WrongThink, then nobody should trust them. If they have such contempt for the public that they would float a lie like that and expect anyone to buy it, then nobody should trust them.

Conclusion: PayPal can’t be trusted.

But wait! There’s more! Even after eliminating the “misinformation” penalty, PayPal’s official Acceptable Use Policy, last updated Sept. 20, 2021, still states that

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).

Prohibited activities

You may not use the PayPal service for activities that … relate to … the promotion of hate, violence, racial or other forms of intolerance that is discriminatory or the financial exploitation of a crime ….

The cited “Restricted Activities and Holds” policy states that “Actions We May Take if You Engage in Any Restricted Activities” will be determined based on PayPal making the call “in our sole discretion.” If Paypal “believe[s] that you’ve engaged in any of these activities.” such as using PayPal “for activities that … relate to transactions involving … promotion of” “discriminatory” “intolerance”,” such as, say, blog posts critical of Black Lives Matter, it can just take $2500 straight from a user’s account.

Constitutional law professor Eugene Volokh, no hothead or paranoid he, writes, “I’ve just withdrawn the $1000+ I have in my PayPal account, and I’m starting the process of disentangling myself from the service to the extent possible.”

And that’s the ethical response: boycott this tool of the fascist left, wipe it off the face of the earth, and send a message to its like.

11 thoughts on “What’s The Ethical Response To Totalitarian Big Tech Companies Like PayPal?

  1. I never had a PayPal account; I refuse to give them access to any account after reading the user agreement more than 10 years ago. I don’t remember what it was over a decade ago that prompted me to say, “No Way”; but, in general I limit any access to my accounts. I’ve said it before – I also refuse to do negative option billing. If a vendor only accepts PayPal or has negative option billing, I do without. I will not compromise and use PayPal or negative option billing for any reason. And believe me, there were a few items or subscriptions I wanted but will not break those two rules (no negative option billing or PayPal). If I cannot use cash, check, money order or credit/debit card, then I won’t be your customer.

  2. I had a PayPal account, but rarely used it, and never tied it to a bank account. I closed it on Saturday, and won’t miss it. My only regret is that I now wish I had used it more, so my boycotting the company would have more impact…

  3. How is this not theft. It reminds me of Junior High in Baltimore City public schools in the late 60’s when Black students would say gimme a quarter. No overt threat but the implication was clear, do so or be subject to their wrath. So many opted to give in to protect themselves. I just blew them off but every now and then I would get smacked upside the head.

  4. I use it rarely, usually for overseas purchases, but I keep no money in any account. After this I may do away with it altogether.

    • I was similarly situated, but I’ve just un-tied my accounts from it and requested data to be deleted and account closed. I suppose this will keep me from similar impulse overseas purchases. Of all the things to be outraged over for the past 10+ years, this is the first time I’ve jumped on the bandwagon and closed an account. Just ridiculous and signature significance of an untrustworthy company.

  5. “You may not use the PayPal service for activities that … relate to … the promotion of hate, violence, racial or other forms of intolerance that is discriminatory or the financial exploitation of a crime ….”

    But you can use it to sell all sorts of junk science scam products. Snake oil is fine as long as it’s woke snake oil.

  6. I only use it for ebay. I am wondering how paypal would know if I am engaged in hate speech. Is it because I but model trains and scale model toys on ebay? What about my incandescent light bulbs I can’t buy it Walmart? Maybe that’s it – it means I hate the Green New Deal.


    • Honestly, it was probably supposed to be restricted to the sellers using Paypal as an accepted payment. It was their way of saying “we don’t want to process payments for the guy who makes and sells nazi flags” but also anyone who figures out the next big thing is “Let’s Go Brandon” and whatever else. But they wrote it too broadly and vaguely that it appeared they were coming after consumer accounts for a wrong-think tweet. Either way – it went into the consumer side of the business, which is where I was, and I’m just done. It didn’t add a lot of value to me and I can meet my objectives using other services…until someone points out that those services are just as bad.

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