PayPal purge of big tech’s opposition continues YouTube's free speech alternative BitChute is just the last of many victims.
PayPal has banned BitChute, YouTube’s main free speech oriented competitor, from its service. According to BitChute’s statement, the ban appears to be permanent and final and the only thing provided by the online payment giant in way of a reason is a mention of its Acceptable Use Policy and their we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason clause.
The move is a powerful blow against the rapidly ascending video platform, as PayPal subscription payments from supporters had been its main source of revenue.
“It’s our belief that it is our stand against the current trend in censorship that has resulted in this action,” the statement adds. “BitChute is pro-free expression which is a universal human right. Furthermore, censorship and deplatforming are poor ways to tackle societal problems as they merely create echo chambers that can lead to bigger problems in the long run.”
And while the press is happy to report on BitChute’s PayPal ban and dispatch some passive aggressive remarks — it hosts Alex Jones, after all, who the tech corporations infamously unpersoned in a coordinated strike ahead of the midterm elections — it does not seem to want to report on the bigger story.
The online money processing giant is systematically and severely sabotaging businesses, platforms, and people deemed inconvenient to the left generally and a small circle of established social media giants specifically.
Take the case of Twitter’s chief microblogging rival, where a mass shooter with a Gab account was used as pretext for the ban(s). The social media giants, of course, don’t suffer any such issues when the nutters are invariably found to have accounts with them. The latest mass shooter at Thousand Oaks, CA was even posting to Instagram during his murder spree.
Then there is the concerted digital shanking of American truth to power icon and meme machine Alex Jones (also InfoWars), in which PayPal played its part. While eccentric at times, Alex Jones has never aired anything this author is aware of that could reasonably be called “hate speech.”
And Jamaican political commentator Desi-Rae, who PayPal deplatformed for apparently no reason except her belonging to a class of people — black, female conservatives — which particularly angers left-wing strategists. PayPal’s even been messing with former president Obama’s own Trump supporting half-brother, Malik Obama.
Just a week or so back they got VICE co-founder and funny internet uncle Gavin McInnes, as well as his “western chauvinist” men’s club Proud Boys.
Chuck Johnson’s crowdfunder WeSearchr. National Policy Institute. Pamela Geller. Robert Spencer. Based Stickman. Occidental Dissent. Revolutionary Conservative. Generation Identity. Identity Evropa.
PayPal even has the audacity to ban supporters of UKIP, a major and legitimate British political party. The problem is so persistent that Gerard Batten MEP has taken it upon himself to have the issue addressed by the head of PayPal.
There is no comparable list of jihadists, Black separatist or militant groups, anarchists, communists, or other questionable left wing organizations or persons that this author was able to find. Not one.
Let’s be very clear. PayPal is — along with fellow tech monopolies Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter — conducting high tech warfare against any voice which dares to dissent against the left and their increasingly centralized stranglehold on the flow of information.
There is no mistaking the pattern. There is no mistaking the intent. And people are beginning to notice.
And hopefully starting an information war of their own — to get Trump to address the issue, which is beginning to take the shape of an existential one.