More Silicon Valley Censorship of Dissent: PayPal Pulls the Plug on Moon Rock Books
because our books are too “risky”
Here’s the email we received from PayPal a few days ago:
Notice of PayPal Account Limitation
We have recently reviewed your usage of PayPal’s services, as reflected in our records and on your website www.moonrockbooks.com. Due to the nature of your activities, we have chosen to discontinue service to you in accordance with PayPal’s User Agreement. As a result, we have placed a permanent limitation on your account.
We ask that you please remove all references to PayPal from your website. This includes removing PayPal as a payment option, as well as the PayPal logo and/or shopping cart.
If you have a remaining balance, you may withdraw the money to your bank account. Information on how to withdraw money from your PayPal account can be found via our Help Center.
We thank you in advance for your cooperation. If you have any questions or need our support, please contact the PayPal Brand Risk Management Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PayPal Brand Risk Management
So, we called them, and this is what a machine told us (we weren’t allowed to speak to a human):
We appreciate you choosing PayPal as your payment partner. Unfortunately, we are unable to continue offering our services to you at this time, due to the nature of your business, or the activity in your PayPal account, and the risk it poses to PayPal. This decision can’t be overturned. If you owe refunds to any of your buyers, you can use the money in your PayPal account to refund them. The money in your PayPal account will be held for 180 days. After 180 days, we’ll email you information on how to withdraw your money.
They shut down our business for a few days and hurt us pretty good, because they gave us no warning at all, after a nearly five-year business relationship.
They inconvenienced our customers, as we were forced to only accept cash, check or money orders, until we secured a new payment processor, which took us a few days to do.
What’s the “risk,” that an alternative view might dare get exposure, to shine the light on government and media lies?
Right, only they’re allowed to tell us what’s right and what’s wrong.
Please support our right to exist in the marketplace of free ideas.
Oh, and yeah, we don’t take PayPal.
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