PayPal Concerned About Religious Rights Of International Hate Groups

“PayPal does not allow the use of its service for activities that promote hatred, violence or racial intolerance. We take very seriously any cases where a user has incited hatred, violence or intolerance because of a person’s sexual orientation.

“However, we also take into account the rights of free speech and freedom of religion. Balancing these conflicting rights is often difficult, and so we assess possible infringements objectively against our Acceptable Use Policy.

“While we can’t comment on any specific accounts because of customer confidentiality, we regularly review organisations and websites that use our service, and stop working with those that break our Acceptable Use Policy. We also enable people to report suspected breaches of this policy on our website.”

– A PayPal spokesperson responding to a 25,000+ signature petition asking the online payment service to stop serving international hate groups. Their terms of service state that groups “may not use the PayPal service for activities that… promote hate, violence, racial intolerance.” In the past, PayPal has revoked the accounts of the Ku Klux Klan despite their freedom of religion and Wikileaks despite their freedom of speech.