PayPal Latest To Cut Off Wikileaks

from the political-pressure dept

Over the weekend, Paypal became the latest company to cut off Wikileaks' account, saying that it was a "terms of service" violation -- the same excuse Amazon gave. Of course, Wikileaks had been using Paypal for quite some time before this, so it seems pretty clear that the reasoning was (yet again) political pressure put on American companies, threatening them for working with Wikileaks. What's funny about all of this, of course, is that it's only going to serve to give Wikileaks more attention, and drive up demand for competing services to these US companies overseas. In an effort to "stop" access to information that is widely accessible, all the US is really doing is (a) promoting that information more while (b) harming the reputation of American companies.

Filed Under: terms of service, wikileaks
Companies: paypal, wikileaks


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    cc (profile), 6 Dec 2010 @ 5:36am

    Re: Re: Somehow related articles

    In case anyone has missed it, Assange is not accused of rape. He's accused of some obscure Swedish thing called "sex by surprise" (unprotected sex is illegal, apparently) which carries a paltry 750 fine. Really, they are just making something up to make everyone think he's a rapist, and to have him arrested so they can have him deported to the US for "further processing".

    http://www.fastcompany.com/1707146/wikileaks-assange-wanted-for-sex-by-surprise-but-the-internet -thinks-hes-a-rapist

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