PayPal Drops Infowars for Promoting Hatred and Discrimination

The company is the latest to drop the Alex Jones founded conspiracy theory media outlet.

PayPal has joined the list of companies to cut ties with the conspiracy theory media outlet Infowars, founded and led by Alex Jones.

The company was notified via email on Thursday, according to a post on the site published today, which says it was given ten days to switch payment processors. The article hits out at other media outlets, like Right Wing Watch, for calling on PayPal to follow the lead of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Amazon, and others, by no longer doing business with them.

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New York Times reporter Nathaniel Popper confirmed the news on Twitter, writing that a spokesperson for PayPal said it reviewed the site and found it was in violation of its acceptable use policy, which includes a prohibition against promoting hatred and discrimination.

Popper also noted PayPal drew a distinction between its own values as compared to those of Infowars, which now finds itself in an increasingly difficult position going forward as it becomes increasingly toxic to be in any way connected to the message they put out into the world.

Jones pushed the Pizzagate conspiracy that resulted in a man opening fire inside the restaurant that was falsely accused of being involved in a human trafficking ring. He has also claimed the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting are crisis actors, and that the event was staged as a false flag event to justify stricter gun control laws.

Additionally, he has gone after the LGBTQ community, and according to their reporting this played a part in PayPal deciding to cut ties.

“No specific examples whatsoever were officially provided to back up this claim, which relies on a nebulous definition of “hate” which is so vague that virtually anything could qualify,” writes Paul Joseph Watson.

“Off record, Infowars was told that criticism of Islam and opposition to transgenderism being taught to children in schools were two of the examples of ’hate.'”

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