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Video-sharing site BitChute cries foul after apparently being banned from PayPal
In a statement, BitChute founder Ray Vahey said that he was notified by PayPal that he can no longer use the video service’s account to accept or send funds, effective immediately.
“BitChute has had a Paypal account since 2016, we have used it to settle payments and to receive subscription payments from supporters along with other discretionary payments,” said Mr. Vahey. “It’s our belief that it is our stand against the current trend in censorship that has resulted in this action.”
Launched in Jan. 2017, Mr. Vahey said at the time that BitChute was the product of “increased levels of censorship by the large social media platforms,” such as banning users, demonetizing their videos and “tweaking algorithms to send certain content into obscurity.”
“BitChute is politically neutral and we have a diverse community in interests and backgrounds,” Mr. Vahey said Wednesday. “We require that users only upload legal content that complies with our terms and community guidelines. We carry out moderation to remove all content that breaches our terms and community guidelines, including but not limited to videos from terrorists, child abuse or pirated video.”
“BitChute is pro-free expression which is a universal human right,” he added. “Furthermore, censorship and deplatforming are poor ways to tackle societal problems as they merely create echo chambers that can lead to bigger problems in the long run. It’s important to platform all idea’s as this exposes them to immediate opposition and allows for a public deconstruction of any flaws they may contain. If you are against bigotry or racism or hateful ideologies, you should be pro-free expression.”
originally posted by: LordAhriman
Google and PayPal are very tight knit companies who work together, probably even some shared ownership.
originally posted by: surfer_soul
a reply to: CriticalStinker
What’s YouTube got to do with PayPal? I didn’t realise there was any shared interests.
Once integration is completed this year, PayPal users who authorize a payment in any one Google service won't need to log in again to make future transactions in the entire Google ecosystem. U.S. users will then be able to select PayPal as a quick option at checkout, including on peer-to-peer payment platforms like Google Pay.
The additional functionality builds on an existing relationship between PayPal and Google that lets consumers make payments at stores, on websites, in mobile apps and through the Chrome mobile browser.
Interesting I wasn’t aware of any partnership between google and PayPal. I like the way the article terms it a google ecosystem, that’s a nice term for google to use if it feels threatened at all. Much better than a monopoly which it really is.
As to your question I’m sure they do have that right, but as a business it is in their interests to not turn down business. Unless they have deemed it less profitable because of damages to their image. Which is unlikely frankly. Bitchute like YouTube is just a video hosting site not a content creator. I think you were right in your first post this is Google’s attempt via PayPal to suppress competition.