Paypal lists targets for censorship. Some noteworthy categories are “White Advocacy,” something vaguely described as “Hate Event Involvement” (suggesting they target individuals, not actions on their platform), “Prejudiced News/Commentary,” Holocaust “denial,” and even views critical of mass immigration.
The majority of Americans are guilty of at least one of these thought-crimes, which makes one wonder who can even use this service.
Some categories discriminate against customers based on race (“white advocacy”), while gray areas abound regarding what exactly constitutes prejudiced news, hate or religious intolerance.
So then what entity decides who gets access to online money transfers and who doesn’t?
According to another slide, this work is deferred to the Jewish organization the Anti-Defamation League, a group funded by the Democracy Alliance called Color of Change, the FBI’s Civil Rights Division, Scotland Yard and others.
Government and non-governmental organizations are both presented as “external partners” helping make decisions on what political views and personalities are allowed.
The company goes on to give specific examples to train censors in spotting ideas and individuals that must be silenced.
Most of the individuals and groups mentioned are not particularly radical, much less violent or dangerous.
The Proud Boys, Stefan Molyneux, Gemma O’Doherty, and Katie Hopkins all have fairly mainstream conservative political views, showing just how little freedom of expression is allowed in America today.
The only left-wing extremist on this list is Matthew Rupert, who also happens to be the only one who engaged in illegal activity. Rupert is an anarchist criminal who went to a Black Lives Matter protest and handed out explosives for people to use in terrorist acts.