PayPal’s recent move to fine users for promoting so-called “disinformation” has been linked to operatives in Communist China.
As Slay News reported, PayPal introduced a new policy to fine users $2,500, which would be taken directly from their accounts, if the payment services provider believed they were promoting “misinformation” or “hate.”
The policy changes include a ban on “the sending, posting, or publication of any messages, content, or materials” that “promote misinformation,” “hate,” or anything else the company deemed “unfit for publication.”
While the prior policy already forbade “hate,” “intolerance,” and discrimination, the new one would have explicitly applied to specific “protected groups” and “individuals or groups based on protected characteristics.”
Identities under this umbrella included a race, religion, gender or gender identity, and sexual orientation.
As many critics pointed out on social media, the new rule would allow PayPal to take $2,500 from the account of a user if they “misgendered” someone on Twitter.
Following a severe widespread backlash to the “woke” move, PayPal quickly withdrew the policy and scrubbed it from their website.
However, documents have now emerged that show PayPal’s policy has roots in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Metadata on the PDF file outlining PayPal’s Acceptable Use Policy says it was created using Microsoft Word by a contractor in Communist China.
The contractor’s profile on an internal PayPal directory describes them as an “outsourced vendor” based in Beijing.
It said the contractor has been with the company since September 2020 and has no profile photo.
Details about the origins of the document were revealed in a probe by The Daily Wire.
The metadata for the “acceptableuse-full-110322.pdf” policy, which said it would go into effect on November 3, 2022 — days before the U.S. election — says it was created on September 21, leaving plenty of time for internal review before it was posted.
It said it was expanding its “existing list of prohibited activities” to include “the sending, posting, or publication of any messages, content, or materials” that “promote misinformation” or “present a risk to user safety or wellbeing.”
Users are also barred from “the promotion of hate, violence, racial or other forms of intolerance that is discriminatory.”
It said violations of the policy could result in the removal of $2,500 per offense “debited directly from your PayPal account.”
With “misinformation” and “wellbeing” left to be defined by PayPal, the policy appeared to raise the specter of the seizure of assets of those with political opinions different than the company’s.
As Slay News reported, PayPal recently sanctioned groups including Gays Against Groomers, which opposes the sexualization of children.
Former PayPal President David Marcus said the policy update “goes against everything I believe in.”
After news of the policy broke, outrage ensued and the company’s stock price plunged, reducing its market cap by $6 billion as users feared that entrusting PayPal with their money could lead to it being seized at any time for having opinions that differed from those of the Silicon Valley monolith.
The company claimed on October 8 that publishing the policy was an accident, ironically claiming its own policy contained misinformation.
“An [Accepted Use Policy] notice recently went out in error that included incorrect information,” a PayPal spokesperson said.
“PayPal is not fining people for misinformation and this language was never intended to be inserted in our policy.
“We’re sorry for the confusion this has caused.”
It did not explain how an entire document full of specific legal language could have been drafted and posted to its corporate website if people in the company did not believe in the policy.
The website reverted to a policy that says it is effective as of September 19, 2022.
The metadata on that file says it was created by the contractor on August 4.