SAN JOSE, CA- Big Tech’s war on the American people is continuing with no end in sight.
The latest involves online payment processing company PayPal, which has announced it will work with the leftist organization Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to identify so-called “extremists” and cut off financial flows to those persons and organizations, while promising to share data with law enforcement officials, policymakers and others in the financial services industry, Breitbart reports.
According to Reuters:
The initiative will be led through ADL’s Center on Extremism and will focus on uncovering and disrupting the financial flows supporting white supremacist and anti-government organizations.
It will also look at networks spreading and profiting from antisemitism, Islamophobia, racism, anti-black, anti-Hispanic, and anti-Asian bigotry.
The information collected through the initiatives will be shared with other firms in the financial industry, law enforcement and policymakers,” PayPal said.
“We’re hoping to have impact on fighting hatred and extremism, which sadly seems to be surging in society across the globe,” [Chief Risk Officer Aaron] Karczmer said in an interview. “As the sone of a Holocaust survivor I know all too well the real world impact that comes from hatred and extremist groups.”
PayPal’s history of suppressing people doesn’t have a storied past, the company having banned Julian Assange 10 years ago. Assange of course founded WikiLeaks which leaked information provided by a US Army intelligence analyst, leading to his seeking refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. He has been in hiding for years.
PayPal has targeted right-leaning companies and people, such as BitChute, a free speech video platform, as well as former Congressional candidate and activist Laura Loomer and conservative street artist Sabo.
All of this of course comes as social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram, and tech companies such as Amazon and Google have served to censor conservatives. PayPal’s foray into censorship has gotten the attention of some.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a liberal digital rights organization has spoken out in opposition to the rise of financial censorship over the past decade. For example in 2018, the organization spoke out warning that banks, payment processors and credit card companies were becoming “de facto internet censors”
As reported at the time in Breitbart News, the organization said companies such as PayPal and Stripe posed a major threat to free expression on the web.
“EFF is deeply concerned that payment processors are making choices about which websites can and can’t accept payments or process donations,” an EFF spokesman told the outlet. “This can have a huge impact on what types of speech are allowed to flourish online.”
They then addressed the case of Assange and WikiLeaks.
“We’ve seen examples—such as when WikiLeaks faced a banking blockade—of payment processors and other financial institutions shutting down the accounts of websites engaged in legal but unpopular speech.”
The EFF spokesman continued:
“These financial giants have little incentive to defend free expression online because it doesn’t impact their bottom line, and it’s often difficult or impossible for small websites to appeal decisions to shut down accounts or freeze payments,” he said. “Policies by big financial institutions like Visa and Master Card also influence the policies of other financial intermediaries—including payment processing and crowdfunding sites.
“That means that speech-restrictive policies by just a handful of companies—especially Visa and Master Card, and also PayPal to an extent—can make it difficult or impossible for some law-abiding websites to process payments or donations at all.”
Some people however are fighting back.
Conservative firebrand Dan Bongino recently announced the launch of a new payment platform, AlignPay as an alternative to PayPal and Stripe.
In a statement to the Washington Examiner, Bongino noted that former President Donald Trump was removed from Stripe in January. That was what inspired Bongino to create an alternative for organizations that may be targeted by the tech tyrants.
Bongino had already been involved in video service Rumble as an alternative to YouTube. He was also previously involved with Parler, an alternative to Twitter.
“It’s focused on cancel culture. So Stripe is our target here. You need to come to us, or you’re under the very real threat of being canceled,” Bongino said.
“Anyone who’s going to engage in any of this cancel culture totalitarianism, we’re going to expose and offer our services to the people you cancel,” he said.
Bongino created the platform along with partners Jeff Wernick, Eric Berger and Jake Hoffman. He noted that it is “more than a business” to the partners.
“It’s more than a business to us. It’s a movement. Many people are afraid of speaking out against the tech platforms because they control their ability to earn an income,” Wernick told the Examiner.
Bongino said the new site provides an alternative to conservatives.
“They just don’t want conservatives’ business. Well, that’s fine. Conservatives don’t want them either,” Bongino said.
PayPal’s announcement whereby it said it would be working with law enforcement drew scrutiny by some, shedding light on the company’s apparent willingness to collude with government entities and engage in tacit surveillance. As Breitbart noted:
“Specifically, it means likely collusion with the Department of Justice, the same executive department that would get to hold colossal antitrust penalties over the tech giants under congressional Democrat proposals.”
Upon hearing the news, Blake Masters, running in the Republican primary in Arizona to contest that state’s Senate seat called the decision by PayPal an “Obvious pretext to suppress any dissent—you’ll be shocked at what views they consider ‘white supremacist’ just one year from now”
Obvious pretext to suppress any dissent — you’ll be shocked at what views they consider “white supremacist” just one year from now. https://t.co/FBFvBsOxo4
— Blake Masters (@bgmasters) July 26, 2021
Buckle up folks…the ride’s about to get really bumpy.
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In case you missed it, below is one of our reports on so-called “cancel culture.”
AUSTIN, TX – Matthew McConaughey has long since been a voice of reason in the country, one of those celebrities without polarizing opinions yelled through a megaphone – and always straddling the fence between being a liberal and conservative.
He has now taken aim at “cancel culture” in an interview on Good Morning, Britain.
The 51-year-old Oscar winner recently called out liberals who he says “completely illegitimize” conservatives, drive cancel culture in a way that’s “sort of unconstitutional.” Many liberals, The Gentlemen star says, are being “cannibalized” by “illiberals.”
McConaughey explained his “illiberals” comment:
“You need liberals, what I don’t think we need is the illiberals and what I don’t think that some liberals see is that they’re often being cannibalized by the illiberals.
“The extreme left and the extreme right completely illegitimize the other side, the liberal and the conservative side which we need in certain places.
“The two extremes illegitimize those two sides, or they exaggerate that side’s stance into an irrational state that makes no sense – and that’s not fair when either side does that.”
McConaughey also spoke of the decline of freedom of speech, the breakdown of dialogue, and the resulting cancel culture:
“Where the waterline’s going to land on this freedom of speech, and what we allow and what we don’t and where this cancel culture goes, where that waterline lands is a very interesting place that we’re engaged in right now as a society because we haven’t found the right spot.
“I would argue to say we don’t even have true confrontation right now. True confrontation at least gives some validation to the opposing point of view or legitimizes the opposing point of view.
“You’ve got to have confrontation to have unity, I think we can all agree on that, and that’s when a democracy works really well.
“Right now, we don’t have true confrontation because we don’t even give legitimacy to an opposing point of view, we give no validation to it, we make that view persona non grata. In a way, it’s sort of unconstitutional.”
Although McConaughey previously dared Americans to get “aggressively centric,” he noted that to some degree, conflict is a necessary evil.
“You’ve got to have confrontation to have unity. That’s when a democracy works really well.”
McConaughey was being interviewed by fellow actor Russell Brand. He further stated:
“On the far left, there is a lot [of people] on that illiberal left that absolutely condescend, patronize, and are arrogant towards the other 50 percent.
“Many people, I’m sure you saw it, in our industry, when Trump was voted in four years ago, they were in denial that it was actually real. Some of them were in absolute denial.”
From a previous interview about his political beliefs, Matthew McConaughey is obviously non-political, in general, unlike many Hollywood personalities.
In the 2017 during an interview with BBC, the actor was asked whether the actors who had “dumped” on the president should give him a break.
“Well, they don’t have a choice now, he’s our President. It’s very dynamic and as divisive of an inauguration and time that we’ve ever had. At the same time, it’s time for us to embrace and shake hands with this fact and be constructive with him over the next four years.”
While the remarks weren’t a direct pledge of support for Trump, they did suggest that the country needed to come together in the aftermath of his election.
Matthew’s first comments were made in the immediate aftermath of Trump’s election, and were met with both praise and ridicule on social media. A year later, the actor was asked to clarify his initial comments, and whether he had any other views on the president.
“What I said, or thought I said is that people were in denial and we have to accept the fact that he’s president.”
When he was asked whether he had his own views on President Trump, he conceded that he did, but said that he would only express them in front of a camera in an unedited form:
“It’s just that I don’t want to become clickbait. What you say is just turned into a headline that people click on.”
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