Paypal has closed the accounts of the Free Speech Union, the Daily Sceptic and founder Toby Young’s personal account. Since all three accounts were shut at once and Paypal won’t specify exactly why it has taken this action, it would appear to be a blatant case of censorship.
This is Big Tech bowdlerisation and banditry as Paypal is also withholding Toby’s funds (which it has the right to do) while it decides whether to apply damages. Make no mistake: this is a chilling insight into a world of social credit scores and programmable currencies, where your money can be turned off at the flick of a switch if you don’t behave.
If this situation had been described to me a couple of decades ago, I wouldn't have believed it could happen in Britain. And just a very short time ago, this would be an unthinkable situation. Was there a point when you saw this coming, for you?
I have to admit, I was shocked. I’ve heard of other websites and individuals being deplatformed by PayPal, but the Daily Sceptic is, I thought, a lot more mainstream than them, and even if the Daily Sceptic is judged to have fallen foul of PayPal’s Acceptable Use Policy, why close the Free Speech Union’s account and my personal account as well? It does feel like a step change in the establishment of a Chinese-style social credit system in the UK.