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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    Marcel de Jong (profile), 6 Dec 2010 @ 3:58am

    Except Paypal didn't shut down Wikileaks' account, as they didn't have their own account, but the funding via Paypal went through the Wau Holland Stiftung.
    A not-for-profit foundation founded in name of Chaos Computer Club co-founder Wau Holland.

    As a personal remark: I hate the way the US is behaving at the moment. It's a very scary idea to see a world power act as a petulant 2 year old child, screaming and kicking just to get their way.

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