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Why Is PayPal Supporting International Hate Groups?

PayPal’s terms of service explicitly say that users “may not use the PayPal service for activities that… promote hate, violence, racial intolerance.” So why is it allowing several international hate groups to use its services?

Let’s take a look at several of their more hatey customers:

Abiding Truth Ministries said that “the Nazi Party was entirely controlled by militaristic homosexuals.” New Generation Ministries says that all homos were raped and abused as kids and now want to do the same to other kids. Noua Dreapt? helped plan violent attacks on Pride parade marchers in Romania and Moldova. The man behind Julio Severo’s Last Days Watchman Site says that gay men “drink urine, swallow feces and experience rectal traumas on a regular basis”, while they are “drunk, stoned or in orgies.” Faithful Word Baptist Church say that “sodomites… recruit through rape and… molestation.” The Family Research Institute calls gay people predatory, diseased perverts. Americans for Truth About Homosexuality call homosexuality a “lethal behavior addiction that is “neither normal nor benign.”

Yawn. We’d be offended if we hadn’t already heard all this from the National Organization of Marriage and their friends.

Anyway, there’s a petition to call PayPal out for violating its own principles. Join in. You never know, you could save a life in Moldova.

    • John Blatzheim

      Might wanna link to the petition…

      Sep 9, 2011 at 1:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • firefly124

      And that petition would be where?

      Sep 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • torrentprime

      I found it, but queerty’s comment system won’t let me post it.

      Sep 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Adam

      It’s at allout(dot)org(slash)paypal

      Sep 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Adam

      And I submitted a question through Paypal’s contact setup, under the heading “High Risk Businesses/Prohibited Use questions”. Let’s see what happens…

      Sep 9, 2011 at 2:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daniel Villarreal

      @John Blatzheim: Oops! Thanks for catching that. Here is the link to the petition

      Sep 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tom in Lazybrook

      Isn’t Paypal linked to Peter Thiel, the self loathing Gay man who funds GOProud?

      Sep 9, 2011 at 3:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Oh Dear (John From England)

      @Tom in Lazybrook:

      He was the founder, creator and then left but still owns the greatest shares.

      So yeah, good luck with THAT petition!

      Sep 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • shannon


      Sep 9, 2011 at 7:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B

      Regarding QUEERTY’s question, “Why Is PayPal Supporting International Hate Groups?”
      … if by supporting, you mean simply letting these groups use Paypal’s services,
      which the text of QUEERTY’s article implies, a plausible reason might be had by
      dividing the number of users Paypal has by the number of man years it could devote
      to “creep detection.” EBay, which owned PayPal in 2008, had 16,200 employees that
      year, with 9950 in the U.S., according to http://www.numberof.net/number-of-ebay-employees/ The number includes both full-time and part-time employees.

      Beside Ebay itself, in that year, EBay owned Skype and Paypal. Dividing by 3 gives
      you a rough estimate of 3000 Paypal employees in the U.S. If 5 percent were assigned
      to “kicking out the creeps,” it would be a nearly impossible task for them to do anything but respond on a complaint basis given the large number of accounts, and even then they could be swamped.

      Sep 10, 2011 at 11:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Por Supuesto

      @Tom in Lazybrook: yes indeed it is

      Sep 12, 2011 at 11:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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