PayPal Sneakily Adds $2,500 Draconian Fines For ‘Misinformation’ Back To It’s Terms Of Service

A little over 2 weeks ago, PayPal made an announcement that the company planned on “fining” users $2,500 for spreading so-called “misinformation.”

Eventually the company wiped the whole initiative due to furious users and plummeting stock. But as people pointed out on Wednesday, it appears PayPal is quietly bringing those $2,500 fines back.

The internet erupted with backlash over this news yet again, with even more users threatening to ditch the platform forever over this resurfaced announcement. 

Initially, PayPal shamelessly walked their comments back, saying they were made “in error.”

“An [Accepted Use Policy] notice recently went out in error that included incorrect information,” said a company spokesperson. “PayPal is not fining people for misinformation and this language was never intended to be inserted in our policy. We’re sorry for the confusion this has caused.”

The whole situation quickly morphed into a PR nightmare for the company, as users were clear about their plans to move their money away from PayPal in place of an alternative payment processor.

“Sorry PayPal, but it was no accident those words were even typed in the first place,” wrote one user on Twitter.

Now that PayPal is seemingly adding the draconian clause to their terms of service again. Users are calling the company’s “in error” claims out for what they truly were: blatant lies.

PayPal is also offering “free money” to prevent even more account closures.

“Do not take their $15 bribe. Delete your PayPal account,” wrote Ian Miles Cheong on Twitter.

The $2,500 fine for spreading  misinformation has been added back into the terms of service with equally ambiguous language. Apparently, PayPal believed that everyone would just accept their claims and immediately forget about the incident.

A “violation,” per the company’s terms of service, includes language that is so vaguely worded that it could encompass virtually anything.

From Grit Daily:

The term “other forms of intolerance” is so broad that it legally gives the company grounds to claim that anyone not fully supporting any particular position is engaging in “intolerance” because the definition of the word is the unwillingness to accept views, beliefs, or behavior that differ from one’s own. 

So essentially, this clause gives PayPal the perceived right to withdraw $2,500 from users accounts for voicing opinions that PayPal disagrees with.

PayPal is hoping its users forget about what it is trying to do. Fortunately, we have receipts. This PR nightmare is only going to get worse as this story circulates.

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