Paypal backed down. Excelsior!
As many of you know, on Friday of last week, my paypal account was "restricted." After a recent review of my account they said, "it has been determined" that I was "currently in violation of PayPal's Acceptable Use Policy. Under the Acceptable Use Policy, PayPal may not be used to send or receive payments for items that promote hate, violence, racial intolerance or the financial exploitation of a crime."
I posted it over the weekend and received over a thousand letters of support, hundreds of ccs of paypal account cancellations........ the people spoke. Love that.
And so today, about an hour ago, a very pleasant and rather deliberately clueless executive called me from paypal to say it was all a big misunderstanding and Atlas would be reinstated (and the subsequent restriction of SIOA and FDI removed also).
Not so fast, Leslie.
I asked her why I was singled out and who designated me as a hate speech site, and on what basis? Why was revolution muslim (which threatened to murder the producers of Comedy Central) and Imam Awlaki DVDs part of the paypal stable of vendors? She said she was "unaware of a hate speech designation and would inquire and call me back."
And so she did.
She said Atlas was mistakenly designated when "in review." I asked why was Atlas in review. Paypal has been on this website since 2005. She did not have an answer. I asked what recourse do smaller websites have? As this is my real concern. My soapbox is pretty big, but what about small blogs?
I told Leslie that reinstating me was not good enough. If a site is designated a "hate site," who decides? Once designated, you have two choices -- lose paypal, or change content. Unfair, mon frere. Leslie agreed. She said she was going to recommend a third choice so that one could contest the designation before a mandatory choice had to be made of either signing off of paypal or changing content.
Frankly, I find this weak. They should remove the designation altogether. If they are going to allow jihadis to raise dough using paypal, what's the point of any hate speech designation?
Needless to say, I am not going back. I told her that, too. She wished I would reconsider. But, no. I am sticking with Gpal -- the G stands for guns :)
The real story is that we stood up and the weasels backed down. We will fight each battle this way.
Here is the Paypal follow-up:
Dear Pamela Geller,
Thank you for contacting PayPal.
This is Leslie from PayPal's Executive Escalations team. It was a
pleasure speaking with you and I appreciate your willingness to inform
me of your concerns. As we discussed, you have full access to both of
your PayPal accounts. I understand that for your Account,
firstname.lastname@example.org, you are working with our Compliance team to
provide the information we require of all non-profit accounts. I also
notified our Compliance team that your other Account,
email@example.com, should not be handled as a non-profit account.
Again, Ms. Geller, thank you for speaking with me today.
PayPal, an eBay Company
UPDATE: The nazis and the haters over at CAIR issued a press release cheering the Paypal restriction.
CAIR Applauds PayPal's Decision to Drop Anti-Islam Hate Site
WASHINGTON, June 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today applauded a decision by PayPal, the leading online payment service, to drop the anti-Islam hate site "Atlas Shrugs," whose owner claims that "Hitler and the Nazis were inspired by Islam" and that Islam "mandates" lies and deception.
Both true -- the Mufti Haj al-Husseini was Hitler's ally and was responsible for over 400,000 murdered Jews (mostly women and children), and Islam mandates taqiya, deception to advance Islam.
Qur'an 3:28 - "Let not the believers take disbelievers for their friends in preference to believers. Whoso doeth that hath no connection with Allah unless (it be) that ye but guard yourselves against them, taking (as it were) security"
Commentary (Tafsir Ibn Kathir) - "... believers are allowed to show friendship outwardly, but never inwardly."
Commentary (Abu Darda) - "We smile in the face of some people although our hearts curse them."
Will CAIR issue a new press release now that Paypal came crawling back?
UPDATE: Remember Cindy Brady? I love huh!