FILE PHOTO: Conspiracy theorist, radio talk show host and Infowars.net founder Alex Jones walks up Elm Street past the spot where U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dealey Plaza in 1963 one day before commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the assassination in Dallas, Texas, U.S., November 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jim Bourg/File Photo

PayPal bans Alex Jones, InfoWars website from processing payments

Alex Jones has been banned by a slew of technology companies — from Facebook to Twitter — but now PayPal is hitting the man who runs the conspiracy theory website InfoWars where it could hurt the most: His pocketbook.

The online payment service on Friday said it was ending its business relationship with Infowars and related websites, saying an extensive review of their controversial content “found instances that promoted hate and discriminatory intolerance against certain communities and religions that run counter to our core value of inclusion.”

The move was dismissed by Infowars as “nothing less than a political ploy designed to sabotage an influential media outlet just weeks before the mid-term elections.”

Infowars on Thursday was given 10 days to find another payment processor, it said in a blog post. Infowars runs an online storefront that sells products including a male “vitality formula” and a sleep-aid supplement.

PayPal pulled the plug on Jones just weeks after Twitter permanently suspended Jones from its social-media platform. Twitter’s decision come shortly after Jones heckled journalists and Sen. Marco Rubio during a congressional hearing at which Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testified. Jones then attempted to confront Dorsey as he was leaving the building.

Other Jones’ stunts have included calling survivors of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, “crisis actors” and claiming that the mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 was faked.

Apple recently ridded iTunes of Jones’ podcasts, saying it would not tolerate hate speech, while YouTube and Facebook both took similar steps against Jones after what they described as repeated violations of their terms of service.

Author: CBS News
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