ACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES: Feds Could Investigate PayPal Speech ‘Fine’

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The head of a federal government agency is considering investigating PayPal after the company announced a $2,500 for users who spread so-called “misinformation.”

Rohit Chopra, the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), said he was appalled after PayPal announced a fine for users who spread what the company called “misinformation.”

“I’ve never actually never heard of a payment system thinking that it could fine someone for legal expression that their users are making,” Chopra told CNBC in an interview Wednesday.

Chopra expressed concern that a company believes that it can fine users for “illegal activity” on a whim.

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“We have ordered most of the Big Tech firms for information about how they are making decisions about who they kick off their platforms,” he added. “But we also need to look into whether they believe they can be fining users for illegal activity.”

Last week, NewsBusters reported that the company intended to fine users up to $2,500 for promoting “misinformation.” The clause was set to take effect on Nov. 3.

“You may not use the PayPal service for activities that…involve the sending, posting, or publication of any messages, content, or materials that, in PayPal’s sole discretion…promote misinformation,” the clause read.

PayPal later claimed the clause was added to a notice of service updates as a mistake.

“An AUP notice recently went out in error that included incorrect information,” a PayPal spokesperson said. “PayPal is not fining people for misinformation and this language was never intended to be inserted in our policy.”

The damage online was already done, however, and the fine was overwhelmingly criticized online.

David Marcus, the former President of PayPal said the update to the Acceptable Use Policy “goes against everything I believe in.”

“It’s hard for me to openly criticize a company I used to love and gave so much to,” he tweeted. “But @PayPal’s new AUP goes against everything I believe in. A private company now gets to decide to take your money if you say something they disagree with. Insanity.”

Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the CensorTrack contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

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