Days ago, PayPal “permanently banned” the anti-Islamic terror website Jihad Watch.
Yesterday, PayPal reversed it’s decision. PayPal offered no reason for the reversal of it’s decision to lift the ban, only sending Jihad Watch this vague letter:
“Dear Jihad Watch:
Effective 08/21/2017, the limitation applied to your account associated with https://www.jihadwatch.org pursuant to our User Agreement was removed. Your services are being reinstated.
PayPal’s Acceptable Use Policy in our User Agreement prohibits individuals and groups from using PayPal for activities that promote hate, violence, or racial intolerance. If we become aware of a website or organization using our services that may violate our polices, our dedicated team of professionals conducts a thorough review. Ultimately, a decision is made and communicated to the organization. In this instance, we have made the determination to lift the limitation applied to your account associated with the Acceptable Use Policy.
PayPal Brand Risk Management
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 detailed 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.”
Spencer wrote that within hours, “PayPal bowed to this defamation. PayPal allowed no discussion, no appeal. 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 encouraged 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.”
Perhaps the threat of boycott moved PayPal to rescind the ban. That should not stop conservatives from taking a careful look at whether they want to continue business with a company that cut off a website opposing radical Islamic terrorism.
“I have no intention of restoring the PayPal buttons on Jihad Watch,” wrote Spencer. “I know where they stand now, and do not intend to place myself at their mercy again. But nonetheless, this is a victory. Free people still exist in the United States, and the fascists who call themselves anti-fascists will not prevail.