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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    Josef Anvil (profile), 6 Dec 2010 @ 4:15am

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    It is annoying the way the US is overreacting to Wikileaks. I hate to bash Obama, because he was left a huge mess by the incompetent that had the job before him, but he ran on a platform of "transparency" in the government.

    The same way Bush used executive orders to bypass the Constitution, Obama can do the same and end things like this Wikileaks witch hunt.

    As for the rape charges. I think most people with a brain could figure out there was a lot more to this story. It seemed that every law enforcement agency around the globe was doing a very poor job of finding and arresting one of the most high profile rapists in the world. Why? Because if they arrest him, he'll be fined for sex without a condom and then the story goes away and the media has to accept he's not a rapist.

    The whole thing is just a circus, and the Streisand Effect is full on. When will the media figure out that all publicity is good publicity when you are trying to squash information?

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