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PayPal Lifts Ban on Free Speech Union After Backlash

PayPal has reinstated the accounts of the Free Speech Union, a few days after leading British MPs called the ban an “orchestrated, politically-motivated move.” Accounts from the Free Speech Union (FSU) and the Daily Sceptic blog, which were frozen by Paypal without a clear explanation earlier this month have now been restored, according to its founder Toby Young.

Owen Evans, The Epoch Times, 28th September 2022.

Why I went to war with PayPal

Like most people who believe in free speech, I have been watching the rollout of a Chinese-style social-credit system across the West with mounting alarm. The most glaring example of this was in February, when Justin Trudeau’s government crushed the Canadian truckers’ ‘Freedom Convoy’ by getting banks to freeze the accounts of the protesters. But there are other, less high-profile instances of people with dissenting views being deplatformed by companies like Patreon, CrowdJustice and GoFundMe. Even Coutts, the private bank of the rich, now has a clause in its terms and conditions reserving the right to close the accounts of customers who engage in “discriminatory conduct”.

Toby Young, Spiked, 28th September 2022.

PayPal backs down

At 5.30 p.m. this evening, PayPal notified me that it has restored all three of the accounts it cancelled a couple of weeks ago – the accounts for the Daily Sceptic, the Free Speech Union and my personal account.

Toby Young, The Spectator, 27th September 2022.

Financial censorship

The Free Speech Union has been demonetised by US payments company PayPal for daring to stand up for free speech and freedom of expression. PayPal UK, the company whose Twitter banner proudly proclaims that it is “open for all”, has now permanently shut the accounts of the Free Speech Union, as well as the personal account of the organisation’s co-founder and General Secretary, Toby Young, and Toby’s news website, the Daily Sceptic, without prior warning, meaningful explanation or recourse to a proper appeals process.

Freddie Attenborough, The Critic, 27th September 2022.

Jacob Rees-Mogg slams PayPal accusing it of pushing “political opinions” on UK public

Following the company’s decision to suspend Mr Young’s accounts, Jacob Rees-Mogg has accused PayPal of “cancel-culture” and “pushing” its political opinions on the British public. The Business Secretary said: “Corporations such as PayPal should not take part in cancel culture and push political opinions on the British public. It is particularly concerning that it appears to have censored the Free Speech Union. They need to justify their behaviour.”

Rosie Jempson, Express, 27th September 2022.

Pushback Against PayPal Over Free Speech

The U.S. financial giant PayPal has been accused of political discrimination after suspending British journalist Toby Young’s account, as well as the account of the Free Speech Union, and Young’s news site, The Daily Sceptic. People have been canceling their PayPal accounts in protest, and MPs have written to business secretary Jacob Rees Mogg. NTD met with Toby Young to hear what actually happened.

Jane Werrell, NTD UK News, 26th September 2022.

Jacob Rees-Mogg warns PayPal against use of ‘cancel culture’ in UK

Jacob Rees-Mogg has warned US tech giant PayPal to stop “pushing political opinions” on the British public. Mr Rees-Mogg, the Business Secretary, has waded into a growing row over cancel culture following PayPal’s decision to shut down the account of the Free Speech Union (FSU).

Robert Mendick, The Telegraph, 26th September 2022.

British Conservative MPs Consider PayPal Political Blacklisting Ban

British Members of Parliament for the governing Conservative Party are considering an amendment to internet regulations that would prohibit payment processors like PayPal from blacklisting political campaigners, following the tech giant’s decision to withdraw service from the Free Speech Union (FSU), the anti-cancel culture organization founded by columnist and author Toby Young.

Allum Bokhari, Breitbart, 26th September 2022.