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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    Lisae Boucher (profile), 6 Dec 2010 @ 4:35am

    No, there's a drawback!

    There's a huge drawback, though! While Wikileaks might get more attention this way, they might still have to shut down their operations, simply because they need the money! The Wikileaks sites eat up a lot of bandwidth because of the amount of data plus the huge amount of visitors. Wikileaks needs to pay it's bills and those bills are high. And there aren't many providers willing to host the Wikileaks site for free, for a long time.
    Once they can't pay the bill, they will be unable to keep the site up in a normal way. They would need to rely upon many mirror sites, which makes updates to the site a bit more difficult, since all mirrors need to be updated too. It might not stop Wikileaks, but it makes it harder for the leaks to go around...

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