PayPal Pulls Back Threat of Fining Users For Spreading “Misinformation”

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In Brief

  • The Facts:
    • A new policy update from PayPal stated that the company will punish users who spread "misinformation."

    • They were threatening users with fines that could see them charged $2,500 per offence.

    • After receiving backlash from the online community, the company stated that the notice went out in error.

  • Reflect On:
    • Are we seeing a continual take over of the information landscape?

    • Who will decide what is misinformation?

    • What are we to do about what is considered misinformation today but is no longer misinformation months later?

    • Do the punished voices get apologies or their lost revenue back?

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A new policy update from PayPal stated that the company will punish users who spread “misinformation.” They were threatening users with fines that could see them charged $2,500 per offence.

The company has already repeatedly deplatformed individuals and organizations for their political views, and said it will expand its “existing list of prohibited activities” on November 3rd. Changes included prohibitions on “the sending, posting, or publication of any messages, content, or materials” that “promote misinformation.”

After the announcement, a number of users took to Twitter and other social media platforms expressing their dissent. Former PayPal president David Marcus even blasted the company over the implication that it could seize customers’ money for finding their views objectionable. Now, PayPal has backtracked their statement, claiming that the update went out “in error.”

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A statement from the company reads as follows, as stated by a company spokesperson in a written statement to the National Review,

“An AUP notice recently went out in error that included incorrect information. PayPal is not fining people for misinformation and this language was never intended to be inserted in our policy. Our teams are working to correct our policy pages. We’re sorry for the confusion this has caused.”

Although punishing independent media outlets and individuals for sharing certain “misinformation” started long ago, we’ve experienced here at the The Pulse for several years, the COVID-19 pandemic saw even more measures put in place to silence free speech. This week alone, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 2098 into law, which allows the state’s medical board to punish doctors for disseminating “misinformation” or “disinformation” regarding covid-19.

The new law states that doctors should not contradict “scientific consensus” on covid-19, or they could be charged with “unprofessional conduct,” and possibly have their medical license suspended or revoked.

Facebook LinkedIn, and various other big tech platforms have also ramped up censorship, and it has strong connections and ties to various federal agencies who seem to be spearheading the operation.

The war on information that threatens the “official” narrative which is put out by government and government affiliated institutions is stronger than it’s ever been. This push to stifle free speech has caused a ripple effect within the fabric of society. More people have been triggered to ask what’s really going on here?

A great example is Julian Assange. He is facing extradition for simply publishing truth. He made public previously classified documents exposing various war crimes and other immoral and unethical actions carried out by the US and other governments.

The next question is, why? Why is so much information, opinion, evidence and free speech being censored? Why does such a powerful entity get to decide what constitutes “misinformation?” What does it say about our world when governments and so many big corporations put so much effort into silencing perspectives? Why is there never a fair, open and transparent discussion?

People are hungry for information that is deeper than what they are getting through the mainstream media. It feels as though people are beginning to recognize that there is a degree of corruption involved in our world and that politicians and traditional media outlets have been compromised in the process.

It’s good to see so many people stand up for free speech and transparency. It may be a good idea to delete your PayPal account and/or not agree to their user conditions/terms.

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