Can They Do That?


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PayPal is the leading service that allows consumers to pay for products, employees to pay for products, employees to receive payroll checks or to send payments. You can’t really find a website that sells anything and doesn’t have the PayPal logo on it. Freelance writers really know what I’m talking about because that is how we usually get paid.

Does a company that only know about money have a right to threaten another company to pull products off their site? Confused? Here, let me tell you why I asked. At the beginning of the year PayPal started harassing SmashWords (an online publishing website) attempting to make SmashWord pull novels off their site that had to deal with rape, incest or bestiality. These threats intensified as days went on. PayPal allegedly pulled their service off author’s sites without warning. This caught the attention of the National Coalition Against Censorship and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression. With the two organizations on their side it was impossible for PayPal to continue threatening the online site. The owner of SmashWords got together with a rep from PayPay and they settled with a revised policy both of them can agree on. Neither party is revealing the revised policy as of yet. Do you think that is fair for PayPal to do that? I think that when you have a business like that you have to expect there may be companies that you may not like or agree with what they are selling. I don’t think they have that right and I think that SmashWords should sue. But that’s my opinion.

Peace and luv!

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