Smashword vs. PayPal Censorship
Those of us who love to use online PayPal bingo sites to safely deposit and withdraw at our fave sites may not realise that they are no strangers to causing quite the media stir! Of course, PayPal offer us a valuable service that most of us would not wish to live without, but if recent PayPal scandals are anything to go by, it would appear that this massive global organisation has a few skeletons in their closets! One of the most recent PayPal news stories is causing a stir all over the internet, and it would appear that PayPal are in the firing line.
Have you ever heard of the website, Smashwords? It is an extremely well-known online company who provide the world with virtual books that have become entangled in a media frenzy and war of words with mega internet giant PayPal, who we currently love to use to ensure that our online bingo deposits are kept secure and safe. It started when Smashwords – who were enjoying the success of uploading their 100,000th virtual, book to its massive collection – received a request from PayPal. And what a request it was: PayPal wanted Smashwords to remove almost 2,000 virtual books that PayPal had considered to be offensive! Smashwords were understandably miffed, but PayPal went on to rub salt in the wound by telling them that if they failed to what PayPal requested then they would deactivate Smashwords own PayPal account.
Naturally, Smashwords were face with no alternative than to do what PayPal suggested. Without PayPal, Smashwords could face losing their more-cautious customers because, after all, how were they to pay for their virtual book purchases? However, they were able to postpone PayPal’s deactivation threats long enough to debate the situation. All of this scandal has ignited a worldwide debate about censorship with some authors and advocates for anti-censorship are up in arms about PayPal’s blatant attempt at suppression and violation of free speech and have started a petition against them and, naturally, Smashwords are in full support of this protest.
Smashword and their followers agree that an organisation like PayPal should have absolutely no control over what their customers are selling, however PayPal feel that they do not want to be associated with some of the unappealing and inappropriate content of a lot of Smashwords virtual tittles, and despite their admirable fight, PayPal’s unwillingness to shift on their argument resulted in Smashword having to reluctantly succumb to PayPal’s censorship.
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