Our values are the foundation for the decision. 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, a spokesperson for the company told TheWrap in a statement.
PayPal bans Alex Jones, InfoWars website from processing payments
The online payment service on Friday said it was ending its business relationship with Infowars and related websites, saying an extensive review of their controversial content “found instances that promoted hate and discriminatory intolerance against certain communities and religions that run counter to our core value of inclusion.”
PayPal bans Alex Jones, saying Infowars promoted hate or discriminatory intolerance
The move was dismissed by Infowars as “nothing less than a political ploy designed to sabotage an influential media outlet just weeks before the mid-term elections.”
Infowars on Thursday was given 10 days to find another payment processor, it said in a blog post. Infowars runs an online storefront that sells products including a male “vitality formula” and a sleep-aid supplement.
PayPal pulled the plug on Jones just weeks after Twitter permanently suspended Jones from its social-media platform. Twitters decision come shortly after Jones heckled journalists and Sen. Marco Rubio during a congressional hearing at which Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testified. Jones then attempted to confront Dorsey as he was leaving the building.
Other Jones stunts have included calling survivors of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, “crisis actors” and claiming that the mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 was faked.
Apple recently ridded iTunes of Jones podcasts, saying it would not tolerate hate speech, while YouTube and Facebook both took similar steps against Jones after what they described as repeated violations of their terms of service.