PayPal Suspends Ku Klux Klan Fundraising Account Flagged By Social Media Activist
SAN JOSE, Calif. (CBS Local)— PayPal suspended a Ku Klux Klan fundraising account recently after it was criticized for enabling the white supremacist and antisemitic group to accept donations through its service, according to BBC News.
PayPal suspended the account used by the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan on Friday, six days after it was very first flagged by activists on social networks, the British news outlet reported.
The San Jose-based business had vowed 2 years ago to “examine all websites” that utilized its service to money the KKK and other organizations promoting racist views.
“Oh cool you can donate to the KKK with @PayPal,” Nandini Jammi of the social networks activism organization Sleeping Giants tweeted on Aug. 24. “@AskPayPal can you describe this?”
Oh cool you can donate to the KKK with @PayPal. @AskPayPal can you discuss this? pic.twitter.com/bkEzSlM3p2
— Nandini Jammi (@nandoodles) August 24, 2019
“I have heaps of issues that PayPal is unable to act rapidly and decisively on hate groups,” Jammi told BBC News.
“There are some examples of them acting in a relatively prompt way,” she included. “But they’re not applying [their anti-hate policy] in a constant enough manner.”
PayPal stated it can not talk about any specific consumer’s account “due to our legal and information protection commitments,” however said “we thoroughly review accounts to guarantee our services are utilized in line with our acceptable use policy and act as suitable.”
“We do not permit PayPal services to be used to promote hate, violence, or other kinds of intolerance that are prejudiced,” stated a PayPal spokesman.
The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan had actually promoted the account through a donation page on its website. It stated it was seeking funds to help spend for the postage of newsletters and other products to its advocates and to arrange public rallies.
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