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PayPal to pull services from sites linked to hate, violence, intolerance

Payments giant PayPal will be rescinding its services from sites that accept payments or raise funds to promote hate, violence, and intolerance in response to Saturday’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“Regardless of the individual or organisation in question, we work to ensure that our services are not used to accept payments or donations for activities that promote hate, violence, or racial intolerance,” the company said in a statement.

“This includes organisations that advocate racist views, such as the KKK, white supremacist groups, or Nazi groups.”

In the statement penned by PayPal’s SVP of Corporate Affairs & Communications Franz Paasche, the company said it is dedicated to providing financial services to people with a diversity of views and from all walks of life, but is striving to navigate the balance between freedom of expression and open dialogue.

However, PayPal said it remains “vigilant and committed” to ensuring that its platforms are not used to perpetuate hate or intolerance.

“We recognise and work to navigate the fine lines that exist in these situations, and our teams do their best to distinguish between opinion-based, offensive websites and those that go beyond opinion and discourse and violate our policies,” Paasche wrote.

“Lives lost due to hatred and intolerance are a tragedy for every person in our nation. The PayPal community was appalled by the events that transpired — and our hearts go out to the people of Charlottesville and all who have been touched by this unacceptable hatred and violence.”

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich was yesterday the third company chief to depart from United States President Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council in the wake of the recent violence in Charlottesville.