The left’s efforts to cancel or suppress conservative groups and voices don’t just happen on social media networks. Payment processing and credit companies are also becoming more activist and demonetizing conservatives over speech. Mastercard is one of them.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, Color of Change, SumOfUs and Sleeping Giants have all pressured Mastercard to refuse to service so-called hate groups. And when they say “hate” groups, they don’t just mean neo-Nazis and actual terrorists.
Those left-wing organizations, especially the SPLC, falsely label many traditionally conservative and Christian groups “hate groups” or “extremists” over support for traditional marriage or criticism of radical Islam. Sleeping Giants was formed in 2016 to try to defund conservative news site, Breitbart, and later expanded to targeting additional conservative media and commentators.
Their pressure tactics have had some success. Mastercard briefly withdrew services from the David Horowitz Freedom Center under left-wing pressure in 2018. Daily Wire reported that the denial of service came after Mastercard pressure against Patreon forced Freedom Center employee Robert Spencer off that platform.
However, Mastercard reinstated the center’s payment processing a few days later after conservative media outrage.
- Sleeping Giants and Soros-funded SumOfUs tried and failed to get Mastercard to establish a “human rights committee” in 2019. Mastercard responded, “The Board does not believe that establishing a separate human rights committee is necessary to properly exercise its oversight of this important area.”
- Even the liberal Electronic Frontier Foundation criticized the trend of payment processors turning into financial blacklisters. They told Breitbart, “EFF is deeply concerned that payment processors are making choices about which websites can and can’t accept payments or process donations.”
- In August 2018, Mastercard cut the David Horowitz Freedom Center off from donation processing. They later reversed the position and resumed services. Horowitz attributed the reinstatement to media attention of the blacklisting.
- In August 2018, Jihad Watch owner and conservative author Robert Spencer was forced off Patreon — because of Mastercard. Patreon wrote Spencer: “My name is April and I’m on the Trust & Safety team here at Patreon. I’ve been notified by Mastercard that we must remove your account from Patreon, effective immediately ... Mastercard has a stricter set of rules and regulations than Patreon, and they reserve the right to not offer their services to accounts of their choosing. This is in line with their terms of service, which means it’s something we have to comply by.”
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