The controversial media platform, Infowars.com, has reportedly been cut off by the payment processor PayPal (PYPL). With the decision, PayPal joins other major tech companies in banning the controversial website from using its platform. Infowars is led by Alex Jones, an American ‘journalist’ known for spreading far-right conspiracy theories and fake news.
Infowars, founded in 1999, is a conspiracy theories website managed by conspiracy thinker Alex Jones. On this website, Jones propagates all conceivable conspiracy theories such as 9/11, Bilderberg, Illuminati, and the New World Order. On Infowars, you will also find other funny nonsense, such as the claim that there are more volcanic eruptions than normal, causing the planet to become unstable.
Besides conspiracy theories, Alex Jones also tries to earn a lot of money with the Infowars Shop. On the one hand with the sale of his DVDs, t-shirts, caps, stickers and flags, and on the other hand with every imaginable pseudoscience and quackery. You can go for a “biological survival kit” with food for 40 days at “only” $ 269 USD, colloidal silver offered as “medicine” and “Wake Up America!” coffee at $ 64.95 USD.
Previously, PayPal could be used to pay for things on Infowars.com, but not anymore. Last Friday, a tweet by New York Times journalist Nathaniel Popper, revealed that PayPal has cited alleged incidents of hate speech and discriminatory content as its basis for banning Infowars.
PayPal has indeed told Infowars they will need to get a new payment processors — the latest tech company to cut Infowars off. A PayPal spox says "we undertook an extensive review of the Infowars sites, and found instances that promoted hate or discriminatory intolerance."
— Nathaniel Popper (@nathanielpopper) September 21, 2018
PayPal spokesman said about the situation:
“We’ve made a decision to end our relationship with Infowars websites, including PrisonPlanet. We undertook an extensive review of the Infowars sites, and found instances that promoted hate or discriminatory intolerance against certain communities and religions, which run counter to our core value of inclusion.”
PayPal has given Infowars 10 days to find a new payment processor, and Jones’ followers are reportedly prompting the company to turn to cryptocurrency as an immediate alternative. One potential option, as pointed out in a response to Popper’s original tweet, could be Coinbase Commerce, an e-commerce payment processor specifically designed to accept major cryptocurrencies without a middleman.
However, it is unclear how much control Coinbase has over its APIs, as it might cite a breach of terms of services to deny Jones access to the platform.
Facebook, Apple, YouTube, Twitter, and Spotify already banned Infowars’ Alex Jones a few months ago. All with the statement that the US conspiracy theorist is promoting violence and hate speech.
Want to get a sense of what the fuzz is all about? Watch this nice Alex Jones compilation: