Boycott Paypal!

After the latest release of documents WikiLeaks has dominated international news. The release of documents has been condemned by politicians and leaders. As a result of the criticism, the online payment service provider PayPal has cut off the WikiLeaks account, thereby making it impossible to donate money to WikiLeaks through PayPal. (Read more.)

PayPal has stated that the reason for the termination of the account is that Wikileaks has violated a term of the contract with PayPal “which states that our payment service cannot be used for any activities that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity”.

However, no one has been committed of a crime in association with WikiLeak’s activities. Not in any country. In fact no one has even been charged with a crime. Not in any country.

PayPal’s decision is unacceptable. There are reasons to require strict neutrality from payment providers and financial institutions. As a general requirement, one should be able to rely on these kinds of companies not to make decisions affecting customers on political grounds. PayPal’s decision is political. It is a decision that together with other measures taken by official institutions tries to shut down Wikileaks. This decision can therefore, at this stage (before any legal sanctions have been imposed), only be interpreted as an attack on free speech.

We therefore call for a global boycott of PayPal’s services:

* If you use PayPal as a payment method today, we advice you to use alternative payment methods if possible.

* If you are a company that use PayPal to receive payment, we advice you to cancel your contract and to change to another payment provider.

We also advice everyone to call upon companies that you know use PayPal to try to persuade them to cancel their cooperation with PayPal. On the Swedish web page of PayPal, for instance, it says that companies such as Acne, ZooVillage, Skype and InkClub use PayPal. Send an e-mail to these companies to persuade them to change to another payment service.

In the meantime you can support WikiLeaks for instance through Flattr.com and other services.

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7 responses to “Boycott Paypal!

  1. Hans Eric Sandström

    My Playpay Account is closed, Now!!!

  2. Paypal must be a bunch of Right Wing Republifuk voting f*ksticks; I certainly will not be using a system that supports the censorship of information. Paypal is a payment method, it ought to stick its core business and not become involved in politics. I have also heard Paypal unilaterally freezes people’s accounts.

  3. dominic

    WELL DONE I too will be boycotting PayPal and Ebay as well !!

  4. I have close my paypal account, the attack on Wikileaks is unacceptable, it is an attack on free speech. Now i use only bank transfer via on line banking.

  5. Michelle

    I’m closing my account. I just had a problem with paypal that made me see very clearly why they are a very evil company.

    Boycott them, they don’t need to exist.

  6. A small business owner-turned-whistleblower has publicly called foul on the merchant services provider PayPal, Inc. for its apparent role in a chargeback fraud scheme the man believes scammed his company out of more than $640, forcing his company to abandon PayPal in favor of Google Checkout as its payment processing services provider.

    In two separate incidents, PayPal “Dispute Resolution” employees acted in cahoots with scam artists to help facilitate the return of the two buyers’ money after they had received the items purchased, which cost approximately $277 and $387, respectively. The man alleges that PayPal’s employees are either active participants or at the very best criminally negligent in providing full refunds to customers whom the business owner was able to provide irrefutable proof had received the brand-new merchandise he claims had never been removed from the manufacturer’s original packaging. To make matters worse, U.S. Postal Service records indicate that both packages were in fact successfully delivered within two-to-three days of the respective purchases.

    The small business owner also claims to have a receipt showing proof that insurance was purchased on the first shipment for $277 (the value of the merchandise), and that he cannot redeem the insurance policy to recoup his funds due to the fact that the shipments both reached their intended destinations in a timely manner, sustaining no damage whatsoever in the process. Nothing whatsoever occurred to justify the reprehensible actions of the PayPal employees, whom the circumstantial evidence strongly suggests were active participants in the scheme.

    Because the employees were provided with indisputable proof that the seller fulfilled all of his company’s obligations as it related to the two sales in question, the fact that the employees nonetheless went on to steal the money issued as payment for the merchandise which was successfully delivered, coupled with the absence of a motive other than profit, strongly implicates the members of PayPal’s “dispute resolution team” as likely active participants in the fraudulent scam.

    That it happened twice, both times with the same result despite the seller providing proof of fulfillment of responsibilities on the behalf of his company, is further evidence that there are individuals employed by PayPal whose jobs empower them to take money from merchants’ accounts are doing just that — and doing it in a manner that is criminal in nature and intent.

    What does the man intend to do about PayPal’s defrauding his business out of $640, then hiding behind a ridiculously long and incomprehensible legal agreement upon the company learning of the criminal acts committed by its employees in coordination with the traditional scam artists?

    “We are pleased to announce that our customer can still shop at their convenience, any time of day 365 days a year,” the CEO said before adding that his company had created an account with Google Checkout, and would be completing the switch from PayPal to the Google payment processing service over the course of the next two days.

  7. David Solomon

    I am ashamed I ever even used this services. I can’t be associated with a company that has such low morals. I won’t be making that mistake again. My account is now closed PayPal. Thanks for ruining 200 kids Christmas. Hope you enjoy your Christmas Party and all your Christmas Bonuses, because next year your going to be out of jobs!

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