This article was originally published by Ethan Huff at Natural News.
If you do any kind of business through PayPal, you might want to reconsider. The Big Tech platform is reportedly now seizing accounts and threatening to steal cash from people and companies that question the government.
Consortium News and MintPress both learned this the hard way recently after PayPal deleted their accounts. Both independent media outlets received a message stating, “You can’t use PayPal anymore,” along with the following:
“At PayPal, we value a safer community for our customers to do business. We noticed activity in your account that’s inconsistent with our User Agreement, and therefore we can no longer offer you PayPal services.”
The message went on to explain that any associated bank and credit card details can no longer be removed or added and that any money in the account “will be held for up to 180 days.”
“After 180 days, if applicable, we’ll email you with information on how to withdraw any remaining money from your PayPal account,” the message concluded.
Unless you want your money stolen from you, it’s best to flee PayPal as soon as possible
According to Consortium editor Joe Lauria, who was able to speak to an actual human at PayPal about the frozen or “held” funds, PayPal could keep the money forever if it deems that “there was a violation.”
“It is possible,” a company representative told Lauria, that his paper’s remaining $9,384.14 balance in PayPal could be seized for good if the company decides to keep it. That amount would cover “damages,” he was told.
“A secretive process in which they could award themselves damages, not by a judge or a jury,” Lauria explained to Matt Taibbi. “Totally in secret.”
One primary focus of Consortium is exploring disinformation emanating from the United States “intelligence” community. Recent topics include NATO and the Pentagon’s involvement in the Ukrainian bioweapons laboratories, as well as the “Russiagate” scandal.
Consortium also regularly covered the Julian Assange case and was one of the few news outlets to offer sympathy rather than condemnation.
“The site has had content disrupted by platforms like Facebook before, but now its pockets are being picked in addition,” Taibbi writes.
“This episode ups the ante again on the content moderation movement, toward the world hinted at in the response to the Canadian trucker protests, where having the wrong opinions can result in your money being frozen or seized.”
It is one thing to censor content, but it is a whole other thing to start stealing money from people and groups with which you disagree. But this is what is now happening at PayPal, which is why patriots would do well to link up with a different platform as soon as possible.
“Going after cash is a big jump from simply deleting speech, with a much bigger chilling effect,” Taibbi adds.
“This is especially true in the alternative media world, where money has long been notoriously tight, and the loss of a few thousand dollars here or there can have a major effect on a site, podcast, or paper.”
MintPress founder and executive director Mnar Adley says that PayPal first started conspiring with government “intelligence” to target the finances of independent news outlets in 2010 when it made the historic decision to halt all donations to Wikileaks.
PayPal reportedly received a letter from the State Department claiming that the donations were “illegal,” and without any protest, PayPal fell right in line with the government’s demands.
“PayPal banning donations from WikiLeaks really set up the blueprint for today’s censorship,” Adley says.
My own experience (not as a business, or political activist) is that PayPal can no longer to be trusted.
I would advise everyone to cancel their account now and look for other ways to do business, either online or offline.
But, to each his own.
Ya I have paypal and the other day it asked for a code to be texted to me. I don’t have a smartphone or text either. I closed the window then hit pay with paypal again and it went through. If I use my debit card on ebay they fook it up all the time and create big problems. What ya gonna do?
Instead of a debit card, use a credit card.
Debit cards don’t have anywhere near the protection for you that credit cards do if they get compromised.
Individual banks may vary in what protections they offer, but some are required and some are not by law.
Ironically, the 2 largest shareholders of PayPal are Vanguard and Blackrock
The RottenChilds own Vanguard!
I deleted your PayPal ass two months Fascist filth!
LITERALLY just had this happen..Last week, PP threatend to place my account on restriction &/or closure..this after 25yrs of using it as a ebay seller fulltime. All transactions (which are 100% legal & legit) of mine will now be “reviewed” and I must show proof of sale, transaction records, buyer info, etc. …which I flatly refuse to do! They also placed a cap/limit on my use of it.
I have no idea what triggered this notification, but I pulled my entire remaining balance out and will never use PP again. They can & have siezed accounts holding even large amounts of funds from sellers and refused to release funds to the account holders, short a lawsuit.
My Brother did a lot of selling and used Paypal but when he needed the money they would lock it up so he could not use it. This was a problem way back when(Mid 2000’s), When only a few had this happen to them. now that there are many complaints maybe it’s time for a Class action.