PayPal CEO Dan Schulman admitted to the Wall Street Journal that they work with the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to decide who to blacklist from their platform.
His conversation with the Wall Street Journal came just one day after PayPal banned this reporter from using their platform.
Citing “diversity and inclusion” as the most important values for the company, he lays out their relationship with the SPLC in making blacklisting decisions.
“Businesses need to be a force for good in those values and issues that they believe in. It shouldn’t come from backlash or people taking heat on it, because then it’s in response, as opposed to the definition of who you are and then how you react to the context that you find yourself in,” the CEO of PayPal explained, before stating that 2017’s deadly Unite the Right rally was the catalyst for their blacklisting of conservatives. (This is despite the fact that many of those blacklisted from PayPal, including Gavin McInnes, Laura Loomer, and this reporter have been opposed the rally since day one.)
Schulman, a far-left donor to Hillary Clinton, also discussed the difficulty in finding “the line between free speech and hate,” stating that “nobody teaches it to you in college. Nobody’s defined it in the law.”
So it appears that he chose to go to the SPLC, who were forced to pay an anti-radical Islam activist, who is a Muslim, millions for defaming him as an anti-Muslim extremist.
“There are those both on the right and left that help us. Southern Poverty Law Center has brought things. We don’t always agree. We have our debates with them. We are very respectful with everyone coming in. We will do the examination carefully.”
“We’ll talk when we don’t agree with a finding: We understand why you think that way, but it still goes into the realm of free speech for us.”
In recent months, PayPal has blacklisted a number of conservatives from their platform, including Big League Politics contributor Laura Loomer, conservative commentator Gavin McInnes, and anti-radical Islam activist Tommy Robinson.
Not only that, but blacklisting from financial institutions has taken an even more extreme turn, with Chase Bank shutting down bank accounts belonging to numerous conservatives, including Proud Boys’ Chairman Enrique Tarrio, Rebel Media contributor Martina Markota, and pro-Trump veteran Joe Biggs.
Suppression of conservatives, which was initial largely from big tech social media platforms, seems to be taking a disturbing shift towards financial censorship.
YOUR NEW MASTER: Twitter’s Head of Conversational Safety, a “Young, Queer Asian-American Businesswoman,” is “Rethinking” the Concept of User Safety
Do you trust someone like her to make Twitter “a safer place”?
The media company Protocol, a sister site of Politico, recently published an article about Twitter’s new “head of product for conversational safety,” Christine Su. It claims that Su, a “young, queer Asian-American businesswoman,” is revolutionizing what “user safety” on social media means.
Twitter hired Su around six months ago to be in charge of “what might be the most difficult task on Twitter,” despite having no apparent experience in politics, programming, and media relations. But Twitter seems to like her for her “creative” and “somewhat radical new ideas” about user safety.
“As a queer woman of color who is an Asian American in tech in rural America, that experience is a very intersectional one. I’ve had plenty of experiences moving through spaces where I wanted more safety,” Su said.
Protocol writes that Su’s vision incorporates “transformative and procedural justice.” Transformative justice ostensibly refers to a non-retributive form of repairing harm done to someone and preventing it from happening again; procedural justice to enacting a set of rules that “make harm rarer in the first place.”
This all sounds nice and dandy—but beware. So-called transformative and procedural justice will not benefit you, but will crush you. Anything that’s perceived as “harmful” against “women and people from marginalized groups” can and will be used to censor you. Christine Su may reassuringly claim that “the point is not to make the entire world a safe space,” but she’s open about the fact that she will help give the Coalition of the Fringes more control over what people are allowed to do and say on Twitter.
Examples from the article:
- Creating an audio hangout feature called “Spaces,” which will allow users to determine who is allowed to participate, as well as who can speak and when. (Note that it’s being tested on “women and marginalized groups of people” first.)
- Potentially doubling down on functions that “encourage people to read content before reposting it.” (Which is exclusively done to censor or limit the reach of conservative and other right-wing content.)
- Building tools that “create private pathways for apologies, forgiveness and deescalation.” (The finer details are still a work in progress according to Su.)
- Defining what a “meaningful conversation” is. (Would people like Su think that anything right-wingers say or believe belongs in a “meaningful conversation”? Let’s just say I wouldn’t bet money on it…)
You know full well that a company like Facebook would shortly follow suit. After all, it’s not just Twitter that Su is “revolutionizing,” but the concept of social media itself. Figure out where all this is heading.
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