Payment processing service PayPal has dropped support for anti-Islamic terror website Jihad Watch.
Jihad Watch, according to its website, is run by a man named Robert Spencer as part of the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
Spencer has authored numerous books about Islam’s violent past and present. Jihad Watch itself regularly publishes news stories concerning violence committed in the name of Islam.
In an article published on Saturday, Jihad Watch details the lead-up to its removal from PayPal, beginning with a hit piece from leftist non-profit ProPublica accusing Jihad Watch of possessing “extreme hostility toward Muslims.”
“Its designation as a hate site hasn’t stopped tech companies – including PayPal, Amazon and Newsmax – from maintaining partnerships with Jihad Watch that help to sustain it financially,” the ProPublica piece continues.
“Within hours,” Spencer writes for Jihad Watch, “PayPal bowed to this defamation.”
Spencer goes on to share an email he received from PayPal that read:
Dear Robert Spencer,
We have reviewed your usage of PayPal’s services, as reflected in our records and on your website https://www.jihadwatch.org. 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
“PayPal allowed no discussion, no appeal,” Spencer writes. “It acted as judge, jury, and executioner.”
“In reality, I oppose jihad mass murder,” he continues. “PayPal apparently thinks that makes me a ‘hatemonger.’ PayPal thinks that makes me a ‘right-wing extremist.’ I oppose honor killings, female genital mutilation, scripturally-sanctioned wife-beating, etc. PayPal thinks that means I am too hateful to use their service.”
Spencer goes on to encourage his website’s followers to boycott PayPal.
“The Left is moving in for the kill now and trying to delegitimize and silence all voices of consent,” he writes. “Don’t allow this rapidly creeping totalitarianism to succeed.”
Spencer also instructs those who wish to support his work to donate to Jihad Watch’s Stripe.com profile at email@example.com.
Robert Spencer is far from the only person to be blacklisted by a major tech company for having the wrong political view in recent times.
As reported yesterday, all of conservative radio host Dr. Michael Brown’s videos were demonetized on YouTube.
Make no mistake – there is an ideological war going on. Leftists control much of the major platforms that content creators rely on to make money. Recently, they’ve been making no secret of the fact that they intend to silence alternative viewpoints that don’t fit in with their worldview.
It’s incredibly important that we support the content creators whose work we enjoy – whether that be Dr. Michael Brown or Robert Spencer – and keep them in our prayers.