Federal Government Agencies: Stop Accepting Paypal

Federal Government Agencies: Stop Accepting Paypal

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Arvin Vohra started this petition to Department of the Treasury

The First Amendment is the most important Amendment. The Federal government must neither suppress speech, nor must it subsidize private companies who do. Today, Paypal receives millions in tax dollars a year and preferential treatment by the Federal government. It then uses its resources to silence conservative speech. 

Paypal, like other digital giants, is actively repressing conservative and libertarian speech, specifically by demonetizing political activists with whom they disagree. Stefan Molyneux was been among the most recent in a long line of conservative activists banned from Paypal.

If Paypal were purely private and received no government support, this would be well within its rights. Purely private companies are not bound by the First Amendment.

However, the Federal government does not have the right to outsource censorship. It must not financially support organizations that use censorship to silence political dissent. Paypal receives clearly preferential treatment over other major digital platforms. The Federal government does not accept Bitcoin, Dash, or Litecoin, all three of which are censorship proof. This preferential treatment gives Paypal millions in revenue each year. Paypal is working to expand its role within the dederal government.

The Federal Government should not support organizations that engage in political censorship. Government subsidizing an enemy of free speech is tantamount to government silencing free speech. The Federal government should cease using Paypal and any other systems that engage in political censorship.

We ask the Federal Government to stop using Paypal, and accept payment in through politically neutral systems like Bitcoin, Dash, Ethereum, and Litecoin.

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