PayPal bans Tommy Robinson from using service

PayPal bans Tommy Robinson from using service

PayPal stops payments to Tommy Robinson in latest block on far Right

The US payments company had previously blocked Gab, a far Right social network, and US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for breaching its terms of service. 

Mr Robinson had become the subject of online petitions to force the payments company to drop him from its service. He has previously been banned from Twitter, but his Facebook page remains online with almost 1 million likes.

Striking the necessary balance between upholding free expression and open dialogue and protecting principles of tolerance, diversity and respect for all people is a challenge that many companies are grappling with today.

PayPal said it could not comment on individual customers, but said: "We do not allow PayPal services to be used to promote hate, violence, or other forms of intolerance that is discriminatory.

Tom Barns, campaigns manager at SumOfUs said: This is a big step forward. Hate crimes are on the rise across the UK and Europe, and fascists like Tommy Robinson need money to spread their message of hate. 

We do not take decisions like these lightly, and we work hard to be rigorous and fair-minded when reviewing PayPal accounts.

Earlier this week, Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC announced Robinson was no longer subject to any bail conditions after referring his contempt of court case to the Attorney General.

The payments service is understood to have told Mr Robinson that he had violated its terms of service and that Paypal could not be used to promote hate or discrimination. The BBC first reported the news.

Mr Robinson was convicted of contempt of court over the summer, but this ruling was later quashed. The case has since been referred to the Attorney General.

The conviction sparked protests to "free Tommy Robinson". Critics started a rival petition to force Mr Robinson off Paypal, with one online petition gaining 67,000 signatures.

The spokesman added: We do not take decisions like these lightly, and we work hard to be rigorous and fair-minded when reviewing PayPal accounts.

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