PayPal said today it will cancel accounts used by the far right group, the proud boys and more accounts from anti-fascist groups.
The move will make it much harder for the groups to raise money online. The decision is the latest act of de-platforming by the technology industry who has struggled to effectively manage users promoting hatred or violent ideologies.
The ban will also include the Proud Boys account and an account used by its founder, Gavin McInnes, said PayPal. The company also terminates accounts for Atlanta Antifa, Antifa Sacramento and the anti-fascist network. PayPal had previously canceled accounts for Antifa Philadelphia, Antifa Arkansas, Belfast Antifa and Rose City Antifa. The company also canceled an account that was used by Tommy Robinson, leader of the far right group, the English defendant.
In a statement, the company said that, like other technology platforms, it was in violation of how best to enforce its policies.
"It is a challenge that many companies are struggling with today to strike the necessary balance between maintaining free expression and open dialogue and protecting principles of tolerance, diversity and respect for all people," said a PayPal spokesman. "We are working hard to achieve the right balance and ensure that our decisions are value-driven and not political. We carefully review accounts and take measures as needed. We do not allow PayPal services to promote hatred, violence or other forms for intolerance that is discriminatory. "
In September, the Infowars Web site was banned by multiple platforms, and PayPal also said that it would no longer provide service to the site.
The proud boys recently generated national headlines for a violent change with anti-protesters who followed a speech from McInnes in New York City. The incident led to the detention of three protesters at the event and after the police were criticized for their first response, several members of the proud boys were arrested in the following days.