Care2 Petition Demands That Amazon and PayPal Stop Funding Hate Groups Now
When injustice occurs, we have a responsibility to speak out. Care2 helps make this possible for anyone by allowing readers to create a petition addressing their concerns. Recently, Amazon and PayPal have seemingly been allowing white supremacist groups to operate in a manner inconsistent with their own policies.
Care2 wants to put a stop to this and hold both Amazon and PayPal accountable to their own standards when it comes to funding hatred. We’re hosting a petition demanding the organizations immediately stop supporting hate groups with their services. Over 48,000 individuals have already signed. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a leading civil rights group, PayPal “serves as the main financial tool for transferring money to American hate groups.”
PayPal has taken action to remove some of the these groups. The SPLC says at least 69 remain, as far as they’re able to confirm. Peter Gau, a representative from PayPal’s media department, told the SPLC that “PayPal does not allow the use of our service for the payment for goods or services that promote hate, violence or racial intolerance.” He also encouraged the reporting of such groups, but the SPLC was not able to verify actions taken against the hate groups on their list by press time.
It is worth noting that PayPal directly profits from the transactions occurring through the service, and the SPLC keeps a very public list of verified hate groups that is easily accessible by PayPal for purposes of research.
But PayPal isn’t the only company being less diligent than it should about stopping hate. The mega-retailer Amazon currently allows hate groups to sell qualifying Amazon products on their websites and earn a commission. Amazon is quite literally giving money to hate groups like VDARE, a white supremacist organization that encourages members to do all their shopping through their Amazon portal. Amazon also allows hate groups to make money through becoming Amazon Affiliates, whereby they earn a seven percent commission on all purchases made through referrals. Counter-Currents, a white nationalist bookseller, reported making $20,000 from Amazon in December.
Amazon claimed it would assign “appropriate teams to investigate, review applicable policies, and take appropriate action” when the hate groups were brought to light. But months later, they were still operating actively through Amazon. In fact, Amazon is still hosting Stormfront, a white supremacist hate group, on Amazon Marketplace, despite the fact PayPal actually did get around to banning the organization.
This isn’t an issue of free speech or censorship, rather two companies that appear to be disregarding their own stated policies that conscientious consumers rely upon when deciding where they will make purchases or conduct financial transactions.
Customers deserve to know that their money is not going to wind up in the hands of white supremacists or any other hate-based organizations.
Sign the petition today to let PayPal and Amazon know that you demand they enforce their own policies about hatred and bigotry. If you feel strongly about an issue in your community or the world, start a petition and enlist the help of Care2’s members to bring about positive change!
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