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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68 comments

Jim Ven
Jim Ven1 years ago

thanks for the article.

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M.N. J.
M.N. J1 years ago

Ther L. writes: "Instead of railing at Amazon, try researching the issue yourselves. Amazon is not perfect, but the flag displayed was removed many days ago, along with other items. It was not removed because of SPLC or this petition, but because people flagged the items and made valid complaints instead of being lazy and using petitions created by third parties. Use your own eyes, use your own mind, use your own voice."

So what are you suggesting, Ther L.?

Instead of "being lazy" and signing a petition when we learn of an abusive situation, we should be constantly monitoring the MILLIONS OF PAGES of the Amazon website to come up with examples of wrongdoing by ourselves? And leave our "valid complaints" where Amazon can delete them -- as they often do?

Are you nuts?

We *are* using our own voices, in combination with other people using *their* own voices, to speak out in unison about something we all "used our own minds" to find out about here, from "a third party."

We come here as part of "our own research" into the world's rights and wrongs. We share things that might otherwise be overlooked if we were each combing through the Amazon website by ourselves.

Sheesh.

Just in case anyone wants to use her/his "own voice" to speak to Amazon's CEO, Mr. Bezos's email address is jeff@amazon.com



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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown2 years ago

I am going to reiterate what BMutiny has stated.

I am also a "card-carrying member" of the SPLC (have been for over 20 years) and if there is one group you can trust regarding hate groups it is the Southern Poverty Law Center!

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Ther L.
Ther L.2 years ago

This petition is based on a flawed report by SPLC. Instead of railing at Amazon, try researching the issue yourselves. Amazon is not perfect, but the flag displayed was removed many days ago, along with other items. It was not removed because of SPLC or this petition, but because people flagged the items and made valid complaints instead of being lazy and using petitions created by third parties. Use your own eyes, use your own mind, use your own voice.

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Vicky P.
Vicky P2 years ago

a/s

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Dt Nc
Dt Nc2 years ago

Thanks.

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BMutiny TCorporationsEvil

I am proud to be a card-carrying member of the Southern Poverty Law Center, the SPLC, and receive their Newsletter regularly. They are METICULOUS in doing their research, and their conclusions can absolutely be relied on. If they label a group as a Hate Group, according to certain set standards they have, you can COUNT ON IT, they are not in any sense like Faux News for example, they are not relying on hearsay and hysteria.
If ISIS and Amazon {or Paypal} were to get together for mutual profit$ and money-making, people would surely scream about it! Or Al-Qaida... many of these groups, home-grown hate groups, are in effect Terrorists and commit VIOLENT ACTS against the targets they "Hate" so much. They don't just TALK about it. Unfortunately they tend not to get the sort of publicity the "foreign" Hate groups do. A bunch of innocent people just sitting around "talking Hate" doesn't meet the SPLC criteria - the Hate groups it keeps track of, represent a DANGER, planning violence and criminal acts, for example the KKK, the Aryan Nation, and others you've likely never heard of, they're smaller, but they DO EXIST - unfortunately, quite a number of them.
So, every time you use Amazon or PayPal, part of the money you spend can end up profiting such a group... I don't use either of those so I haven't figured out the way that works, but YOU CAN RELY ON WHAT THE SPLC SAYS BEING TRUE AND FACTUAL.

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Paulinha Russell
Paulinha R2 years ago

Already signed. Thanks

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Danuta Watola
Danuta W2 years ago

thank you for sharing

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