Conservative and Alt-right voices cut off by Paypal, Patreon and others

PayPal, GoFundMe, Patreon and YouCaring which are crowd-funding and payment platforms have?begun banning people and causes?associated with conservative and ?alt-right,? viewpoints. One person’s alt-right Nazi is another person’s traditional thinking Dad so in many cases, the people being cut off from the financial support of their fans are ordinary conservative activists like well known?Canadian?journalist and activist Lauren Southern who used to work for Rebel Media. ??

This year Lauren went independent because her personal fan base was strong enough to fund her. Fans of her work provided her with enough income to travel, film, and edit regular videos on the issues that are dear to her and her fans’ hearts. It was capitalism, free speech and the free market in action: a thing of beauty where a willing buyer of information meets a willing seller. Then all of a sudden without warning Patreon which is a business that allows people to set up regular payments to the person or cause of their choice cut her off, wiping out her income. She has been forced to create her own website patreonsucks.com in order to continue.

HEY EVERYONE!
So as you may know recently Patreon has kicked me off their website, essentially eviscerating my income. The reason?

Allegedly, I was ?raising funds in order to take part in activities that are likely to cause loss of life.? Despite this being not even remotely true, Patreons trust and safety council said they ?will not consider an appeal.?

So here we are! Censored once again for my scary opinions and coverage. Big liberal silicon valley companies want me to become a friendly little vlogger that spouts all the right lines and collects my paycheck at the end of the month and a progressive pat on the back. I won?t let that happen. No matter how much they try to stop me, to shut me down and shut me up ? they won?t.

-patreonsucks.com

What happened to Lauren is part of a growing trend to silence conservative voices. On Youtube conservative accounts with millions of followers are having all their videos demonetised if they are not on topics that Youtube considers acceptable. We are not talking about violent videos or videos that incite violence. We are talking about common conservative topics. It has become so bad that Rebel Media fear they will be cut off from Youtube any day now so are fundraising to build their own video platform.

Youtube isn’t just taking away ad revenue from hugely popular Conservative channels. They are also terrorising Conservative channels by locking their accounts. This month they locked the account of Dr. Jordan B. Peterson with no explanation.

…The clinical psychologist who shot to fame in 2016 for opposition to Canada?s ?C-16 bill? ? critics called him ?transphobic? for his refusal to use genderless pronouns ? said Google is refusing to give him access to his YouTube account. The timing coincides with attempts to upload a?new installment?of his biblical lecture series, which has garnered over 1 million views.

?Google is refusing to reinstate my account. Violation of terms of service. No explanation given,? he began a series of tweets. [email protected] @RubinReport @scrowder @SamHarrisOrg I?ve been locked out of YouTube & my personal account: violation of terms of service. I cannot post new YouTube videos, including last week?s Biblical lecture. No access. At least ? for now ? the videos are still up.?

…The professor, who often speaks on the dangers of moral relativism, has a loyal following ? particularly among young men ? who cheer his calls to embrace personal responsibility, virtue and truth.

-washingtontimes

An article that appears supportive of the financial attacks on people with the wrong opinions had this to say:

The trend started in early May 2017 when PayPal limited the accounts of ?neo-Confederate? blogger?Occidental Dissent?and pro-rape men?s rights activist?Roosh V. Shortly thereafter, they banned the account of self-professed ?alt-knight??Kyle Chapman?(aka Based Stickman) and put a hold on the account of WeSearchr, a site that?offered a bounty?for the person who punched white supremacist Richard Spencer (although PayPal says the hold was due to ?business compliance issues? rather than a violation of its anti-hate policies).

On April 30, 2017 PayPal reportedly blocked the account of Bare Naked Islam, an anti-Islam website and on June 14, 2017, PayPal limited the account of?Generation Identity, a French anti-immigration group.

While?PayPal has a policy of not commenting on individual accounts, it told Buzzfeed News that it does not ?allow [its] services to be used for activities that promote hate, violence or racial intolerance.?

In early May 2017, the crowdsourcing site GoFundMe also banned Chapman and Milo Yiannopoulos? college tour manager?Tim Gionet?(aka Baked Alaska).

?We don?t tolerate the promotion of hate or intolerance of any kind,? GoFundMe told Buzzfeed News, ?and if a campaign violates?GoFundMe?s term 7, we?ll remove it from the platform.?

In July 2017, the artist donation website Patreon?banned transphobic vlogger Lauren Southern ? Southern says the banning ?essentially eviscerat[ed] the majority of my income.? That same month,?the crowdfunding site YouCaring rejected a lawyer?s fundraising campaign for lawsuits she had planned to file against Black Lives Matter activists.

Some of these people have started using other right-wing crowdfunding sites like the invite-only Hatreon (?A platform for creators, absent speech policing?),?Counter Fund and the not necessarily right-wing crowdfunding site Rootbocks which proclaims ?No censorship. No limits?.

-unicornbooty

I am thankful that we introduced Stripe as a payment platform to give our subscribers an alternative to Paypal. From now on I encourage new subscribers to use Stripe as not only is it easier to use they are unlikely to pull the rug out from under us because they don’t agree with our opinions.

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