The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)

Friday, September 24, 2004


Dear Sir:

You are angry and say mean stuff and we can no longer do business with you.

Sincerely,
PayPal


Bill Quick got this interesting letter from PayPal:


Dear William Quick,

We appreciate the fact that you chose PayPal to send and receive payments for your transactions.

However, your account has been limited for violating PayPal's Acceptable Use Policy regarding Offensive Material. The Policy prohibits the use of PayPal in the sale of items or in support of organizations that promote hate, violence, or racial intolerance; items which graphically portray violence or victims of violence; or items closely associated with individuals notorious for committing murderous acts within the last 100 years. Further, PayPal prohibits a person convicted of a violent felony, or his relatives or associates, from using PayPal to benefit financially from the convict's criminal notoriety. The complete Acceptable Use Policy addressing Offensive Material can be found at the following URL:

http://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=p/gen/
ua/use/index_frame-outside&ed=offensive

To appeal the limitation on your account, you will need to:

1. Remove those items from your website that violate PayPal's Acceptable Use Policy. For example, any link to images or videos of terrorsit executions; and

2. Submit the online Acceptable Use Policy affidavit. This is not intended to be an all-inclusive review or list of your Internet sites in violation. Furthermore, the violations of the Policy described above are not intended to be an all-inclusive list. It is the responsibility of the user to ensure that all transactions comply with the Acceptable Use Policy.


There's really no need for me to do anything other than sputter. Quick does not run a hate site; he has strong opinions about politics, just like, oh, thirty million other Americans.

Makes you wonder what PayPal will be up to next. "Dear Mr. Blezinski: Your account has been limited for violating PayPal's Acceptable Use Policy regarding Offensive Material, due to promotion of hatred against the Anaheim Angels and Texas Rangers ..."




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