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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    Johnny, 6 Dec 2010 @ 6:34am

    Does paypal keep the money?

    What I always wonder when I hear about Paypal blocking an account is if they hold the money in the account? Or do they return it to the people who sent it?

    I have a feeling they'll keep it. Which amounts to STEALING in my book. And that is stealing according to the proper definition of the word, i.e. someone has lost something and Paypal has enriched itself at the expense of others.

    There needs to be a non-US alternative to Paypal, clearly this company can not be trusted with your money.

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