PayPal, the popular online payment platform, has now banned users from accepting donations that lead to the promotion of hate, violence and intolerance following news that the company played a critical role in raising money for a white supremacist rally that took place over the weekend.
PayPal’s Franz Paasche announced the news in a post published to the company’s website Monday.
“The events in Charlottesville are yet another disturbing example of the many forms that racism and hatred manifest. Prejudice, however, does not always march in the street,” Paasche wrote in the statement. “Intolerance can take on a range of on-line and off-line forms, across a wide array of content and language. It is with this backdrop that PayPal strives to navigate the balance between freedom of expression and open dialogue — and the limiting and closing of sites that accept payments or raise funds to promote hate, violence and intolerance.”
The Unite the Right march ended with one person dead and 19 injured in Charlottesville, Virginia, after a 20-year-old Nazi sympathizer drove his vehicle into a crowd of demonstrators who were protesting the rally.
Two state troopers were also reportedly killed after their helicopter monitoring the demonstrations crashed.
“We’ve been working directly with PayPal for months to cut off a number of hate groups that they allowed for years to generate revenue using their platform,” Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of Color Of Change said in a statement sent to EBONY.com. “We appreciate the company’s willingness to take stand against violent racist extremism after months of pressure, and we hope to push them further.”
PayPal’s decision affects close to three dozen hate groups that will be kicked off its platform as a result of the ban.