Censorship and viewpoint suppression aren’t the only barrier to free speech online. Demonetization and financial blacklisting because of viewpoints are also growing problems, as payment processors bow to political correctness or decide to impose a morality standard on their own.
The loss of credit card processing can literally kill off an online retailer, subscription-based service or any person or service who relies on donations. Liberals know this, which is why they pressure and boycott to try to prevent funding to their political enemies.
In recent years, Visa has stopped working with conservatives. Those conservatives say they were falsely accused of supporting “hate speech” or being “hate” groups. The company behind the blue and yellow logo on 60 percent of all credit and debit cards blacklisted alternative social media site Gab and its owner Andrew Torba in 2020.
Torba wrote on June 19, “Gab has been blacklisted by Visa for ‘promoting hate speech.’ Gab does no such thing. This is like saying Google ‘promotes hate speech’ because you can search racial slurs on their search engine and get results. Gab is a neutral technology platform. We follow the law, have an excellent relationship with law enforcement, and have a clear set of community guidelines that detail what is allowed on our website and what is not.”
Visa initially partnered with Facebook to help it develop a controversial cryptocurrency, Libra. But along with several other backers, it dropped out.
- The 2020 blacklisting of Torba came after he spent more than a year getting Visa use restored. Because Gab was also demonetized by virtually all other services he’s had to rely on donations by check and bitcoin. Even worse, Torba realized his personal name, address and family members were all blacklisted from credit processing by Visa.
- In 2018, Visa cut off conservative David Horowitz’s organization after liberal groups Southern Poverty Law Center and Color of Change told Visa it was a “hate group.” “This blow could be the end of the Freedom Center,” Horowitz warned. “Decades of work, down the drain because the hateful Left wants to squash free speech and silence an organization that dares to question them.” Visa reinstated services within a few days after a flurry of media attention.
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