• Silencing ‘the Right’: So, Is PayPal Now Trying to Shut Down Conservatives?

    Surge Summary: Conservative California street artist Sabo has been de-platformed from PayPal, without explanation. Is that corporation the next big name outfit that will target conservatives for harassment?

    The conservative street artist Sabo, mostly known for his street posters that appear haphazardly around California, reported on Monday on his Facebook page he has now been booted from PayPal. (Matt Margolis/PJ Media)

    “Today Paypal canceled my account with all of my money in it,” he announced. “They are holding my funds for the next 6 months.”

    For those not in the know, PayPal is a money exchanging platform. Sabo used it to earn income, so obviously this de-platforming affects him financially in a direct and negative way.

    “I explained to them that I live in a city with 60,000 homeless people and that they are about to make me and my wife join their ranks,” he said.

    This isn’t the first time something like this has happened to the artist. Last year, he was also banned from Twitter and provided no reason for it.

    Sabo posted the following image with his announcement about PayPal.

    “My wife had warned me about doing business with PayPal,” the artist told PJM. “I’d constantly tell her that they provided a great service which makes starting an online store easy.”

    “I trusted them,” he explained. “I worked in the start-ups for many years and it sucks to see what they’ve become. The people of PayPal obviously haven’t taken note of how many once-giants are less than memories now. Their time will come soon as well. When it comes to the transfer of money, trust is paramount. They’ve lost that trust with me. We are living in Orwellian times.”

    Sabo pledges on his Facebook page he’ll keep fighting to be able to earn a living – which, of course, stirs this question: will Facebook become his next internet adversary?

    “We’ll find an alternative way to generate income and I’m sure they will work to hit that as well. And then we’ll find another.” He also said he expected this would happen. “2020 is right around the corner and they are doing everything they can to silence our side. At least they finally did it so now I can move on.”

    In an update, the outspoken street artist informed PJ Media he’s contacted PayPal’s customer support.

    “The last time I called them I reminded them that I’ve been a good customer for many years and that there are no cases pending on my account,” he said. When he asked why he was de-platformed, they refused to tell him.

    A bright turn in this mess is Sabo believes that due to the publicity PayPal has received over this matter they decided to allow him to withdraw his funds. PayPal customer service helped him initiate a transfer of his entire account to his bank.

    Sabo has made his “PayPal Forbidden” poster available on Etsy in the hopes that he can recover the losses he’s suffered from his online store being shut down.

    So, it appears, along with Facebook and Twitter, conservatives can currently add Pay Pal to their list of cyberspace presences that might be inclined to stab them in the back.

    We’ve been warned.

    H/T: Matt Margolis/PJ Media

    Image: CC0 Public Domain; Adapted from: https://pxhere.com/en/photo/1441527; mohamed hassan / 1312 

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