While Alex Jones appears to be part of Russia’s active measures, what if he weren’t. What if he was just someone that PayPal decided they didn’t like? Ditto for other social media. It raises lots of questions about where is the public square these days, when there is no longer a real public square, but only private ones? Even public squares often require permits in recent decades, to speak and beg for money. And, if he’s on the Kremlin payroll why does he need PayPal? So the Kremlin can send the money in small amounts?
From VOA News:
“PayPal Dumps Alex Jones, Infowars
September 22, 2018 8:15 AM, VOA News
PayPal, the digital payments company, says it has cut business ties with far-right media personality Alex Jones and his Infowars website.
A PayPal spokesman said Friday, “We undertook an extensive review of the Infowars sites, and found instances that promoted hate or discriminatory intolerance against certain communities and religions, which run counter to our core value of inclusion.”
Infowars said the move is a ploy aimed at sabotaging Jones’ online influence just weeks ahead of the midterm elections.
In recent months, several other companies, including Apple, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have either dumped or limited their connection with Jones.
Jones is one of the country’s most controversial media figures, known for saying the President George W. Bush White House was responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He also called the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school shooting a fake. Some of the parents of the murdered children are suing Jones.”