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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    Anonymous Coward, 6 Dec 2010 @ 7:17am

    Valerie Plame anyone?

    It's funny how you guys all bash governments for wanting to stop secret info from getting out, but you were probably all the first to bash the Bush administration when Valerie Plame was "Outed" as a CIA agent. You all don't seem to worry too much about how Wikileaks may actually hurt real people mentioned in any of these documents good or bad. Better hope your name doesn't come up in one.

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