Stop Censorship
  • Petitioned PAYPAL

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PAYPAL
PAYPAL

Stop Censorship

    1. D.c. McMillen
    2. Petition by

      D.c. McMillen

      Toronto, Canada

Paypal has decided to abuse its considerable position by imposing their moral beliefs on the self-publishing industry, forcing Smashwords, Bookstrand and other sites to remove certain categories of erotica from their websites. No corporation should consider itself a moral authority in any way, shape or form. This is a slippery slope, and even if this does not directly affect us as writers or readers...yet, we must stop censorship and book banning.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. PayPal Reverses Proposed Censorship

      D.c. McMillen
      Petition Organizer

      Congratulations and a big thank you to everyone who let their voices be heard! Here is a link to the big announcement from Mark Coker of Smashwords.

    2. Reached 2,000 signatures
    3. Almost 2000 Signatures Reached

      D.c. McMillen
      Petition Organizer

      We have reached almost 2000 signatures! This means Paypal has received close to 2000 emails. I fully believe that more supporters will join us and sign our petition. Please use the power of your social media accounts to keep our momentum going strong.

    4. Reached 1,500 signatures
    5. 100 Signatures in a Single Day

      D.c. McMillen
      Petition Organizer

      We have close to 200 signatures now! That means almost 200 emails have been sent to Paypal, letting them know how we feel. Let's keep the ball rolling. Email your friends or tweet this petition link. Hopefully we will reach 200 by the end of day. Also, feel free to share your story on Facebook. Join the FB group Stop Paypal From Censoring Books.

    6. Reached 100 signatures
    7. Let's get more signatures!

      D.c. McMillen
      Petition Organizer

      We have almost 60 signatures so far. I know we can do better. Help promote this cause by emailing a friend and explaining that even if this ban does not affect them yet, it will sooner or later. Today Paypal is banning certain titles of erotica. Tomorrow it may be gay titles, religious titles or political views. The next day, they may turn their attention towards film. No corporation has the right to consider themselves a moral authority over the general public. Unlike a corporation, we have minds and the ability as individuals to choose what we write and read.

    8. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Steve Latta HAMPSHIRE, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am outraged at any form of censorship. I am particularly incensed that a more-or-less anonymous group of my fellow citizens (i.e., executives at banks or credit card companies) think that they should have any say in what I read (or don't read, for that matter).

      What happens when they decide that literature critical of the banking industry should be eliminated?

      Censorship is censorship, no matter the type of material being censored.

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    • David Blank CARROLLTON, TX
      • almost 2 years ago

      Free Speech

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    • Catherine Melvin INDEPENDENCE, KY
      • almost 2 years ago

      Why is paypal concerned with what I am reading? Is it any of their business? I thought there business was to process payments. I will evoke the power of the consumer and take my money elsewhere if needed.

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    • Maryanne Roberts LINCOLN, VT
      • almost 2 years ago

      Freedom of speech must be protected!

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    • Nicholas Tanski FORTY FORTY, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      A financial institution acting as a moral watchdog is a deplorable, 1984 Ministry of Truth-esque, disgusting display of an abuse of power. If you do not enjoy viewing or reading certain types of erotic material, be an adult and just don't look at it; stop expecting someone to step in and censor your life as you would a child's. PayPal deciding that it can use financial support as collateral to threaten others to bow to their moral compass is despicable and the sign of a company that is on the slippery slope down that so many big corperations have taken before it.

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