Another big move in big tech is making headlines. Christian crowdfunding site, GiveSendGo has ended their relationship with the online payment processing company, PayPal. GiveSendGo raised money through PayPal to send people to Washington D.C. last week when the invasion of the United States Capitol occurred.
PayPal officially asked GiveSendGo to remove campaigns raising money for the supporters of President Trump who were arrested during the riot at Capitol Hill, citing a violation of the company's Terms of Service. Instead, the Christian fundraising organization chose to terminate their relationship with PayPal.
Bloomberg reported that the founder of GiveSendGo, Jacob Wells, opted to end the relationship, stating "We told them on a phone call we disagreed with their stance but we would take those campaigns down... After discussing it with our team we decided to stop using PayPal. We broke up first."
PayPal released a statement regarding the censorship of users who violate terms of service. They insisted, though with no proof, that this is not new activity to ensure that users are following terms of service.
GiveSendGo is not the first site to receive a warning from PayPal; CTV reports that a group called Joy In Liberty, which raised funds to send people to Washington, D.C., for last week’s rally, was also booted from PayPal’s platform.
Since last Wednesday’s riot at the U.S. Capitol, a number of social media and online platforms have ended their relationship with key figures associated with the incident, including President Donald Trump, who was permanently suspended from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Shopify, among others. Twitter also reportedly purged “thousands” of accounts sharing content related to the QAnon conspiracy theory.
Several major corporations have also, in response to pressure from progressive activists, suspended campaign contributions to a handful of Republican lawmakers who voted against certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.
This occurs during a time of raised questions regarding potential bipartisan censorship by social media and big tech companies. The court of public opinion continues to rage as citizens across the board present sound and logical arguments for free speech, as well as for the rights of private companies. This is certainly a partisan issue that our country must unite to address.