Breitbart reports that Paypal, the online payment processing site, has announced plans to take action against so-called right-wing extremists.
Many, however, are arguing that this is little more than the first step toward the suppression of dissenting opinions.
What’s going on?
The initial report on this issue was published by Reuters. According to the outlet, Paypal is going to be working with the left-leaning Anti-Defamation League (ADL)’s Center on Extremism.
Reuters reports that Paypal’s focus will be “on uncovering and disrupting the financial flows supporting white supremacist and anti-government organizations.” Reuters adds that Paypal “will also look at networks spreading and profiting from antisemitism, Islamophobia, racism, anti-immigrant, anti-Black, anti-Hispanic and anti-Asian bigotry.”
PayPal plans to share the information that it collects with other firms in the financial industry as well as with law enforcement and policymakers.
As Breitbart points out, this has been a long time in the making, going back to 2011 when Paypal banned the account of Julian Assange. And, in more recent years, we have seen Paypal go after BitChute, Laura Loomer, and Sabo, which are all right-leaning.
The difference between these past examples and what Paypal now plans to do, as Breitbart notes, is that now there will be “collusion with the state, and surveillance.”
And, it’s not just Paypal
Reuters released a separate report this week in which it revealed that Big Tech – Facebook, Google, Twitter, and others – plan to target domestic right-wing organizations as part of a “counterterrorism” effort.
Big Tech will do so by uploading the information it gathers on right-wing groups to the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism’s (GIFCT) database. Previously, this database was focused on the likes of Al Qaeda, ISIS, and the Taliban.
Over the next few months, [Big Tech] will add attacker manifestos — often shared by sympathizers after white supremacist violence — and other publications and links flagged by U.N. initiative Tech Against Terrorism. It will use lists from intelligence-sharing group Five Eyes, adding URLs and PDFs from more groups, including the Proud Boys, the Three Percenters and neo-Nazis.
This all appears to be the latest step by the left to suppress dissenting opinions, particularly opinions from the right side of the political spectrum. As you may have noticed, there was no mention of Big Tech going after far-left groups, such as Antifa or Black Lives Matter.
It is becoming more and more dangerous to disagree with those in power.