Finally, the white supremacists of the “Alt-Right” movement are being treated like the terrorists they are.
First, Airbnb canceled reservations and suspended accounts of people they suspected were booking in order to go to the “Unite the Right” Nazi gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia. Then literally everyone on the planet except Donald Trump and the Nazis he has on his staff condemned them for the horrific murder of Heather Heyer. Now even PayPal is getting in on the Nazi-shaming.
According to CBS, the San Jose-based payment system has stopped doing business with “Unity and Security for America,” the hate group headed by the Charlottesville organizer, Jason Kessler. They also cut ties with nearly 40 other extremist groups, because that’s what you do with terrorists.
Also among the groups losing their PayPal account is Richard Spencer’s “Alt-right” dot com website (see how I cleverly didn’t link to that asshole?), which makes me pretty happy. The company’s statement was succinct:
Regardless of the individual or organization in question, we work to ensure that our services are not used to accept payments or donations for activities that promote hate, violence or racial intolerance.”
See? That wasn’t hard. And just in case you think PayPal just isn’t quite big enough to make a difference — although they definitely are — Discover Financial Services is also cutting off hate groups. Their spokesman issued a similar statement, saying that “the intolerant and racist views of hate groups are inconsistent with our beliefs and practices.”
And now that PayPal and Discover have stopped accepting filthy blood money from Nazis, it should step up pressure on the other major payment processing companies to stop working with them as well. If Visa and Mastercard are just too shy to process payments for legal marijuana shops in the several states that have them, it should be a no-brainer for them to also refuse service to Nazi hate groups like the KKK and the Alt-Right.
All of this, of course, comes on the heels of the web’s most notorious Nazi hangout, The Daily Stormer, having their web hosting, domain registration, and email services canceled by other likewise Nazi-averse businesses like Google and GoDaddy.
It’s nice to see big companies doing the right thing without being forced. Because that’s what you do with terrorists.
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