We won! In November PayPal removed Blair Cottrell's access to their platform and with it the easiest way he had to fundraise to promote his hateful agenda.
This win comes after SumOfUs members in the UK successfully forced PayPal to also stop Britain's loudest Islamophobe, Tommy Robinson, from funding his activities through the platform.
Content warning: racism, Islamophobia, anti-semitism.
The leader of Australian fascist group the United Patriots Front is appealing a racial vilification conviction and using Paypal to fund his defence.
Blair Cottrell has called for photographs of Adolf Hitler to be hung in all Australian classrooms, described Jews as “parasites” and boasted of terrorising women with violence.
Right now he’s appealing a legal sentence that saw him convicted for staging a grotesque ‘mock beheading’ to protest a new mosque in country Victoria.
To fund it, he’s using Paypal.
But with voices like yours we can stop this.
Pressure from members like you has already made Paypal block other racist groups from using its platform to spread hateful and violent views.
Tens of thousands of SumOfUs members in France successfully pushed Paypal to stop processing payments for the violent French white supremacist group Génération Identitaire.
Members like you also forced dozens of major advertisers to pull their ads from racist site Breitbart (AKA Trump News). And over the last few weeks more than 75,000 of you put the heat on Mastercard, Visa and American Express to bar the violent nationalist group Britain First.
People power makes companies act. With your support today, we can do it again, and this time in Australia.
Paypal’s acceptable use policy claims it forbids “the promotion of hate, violence [and] racial intolerance”. But with high profile racists like Blair Cottrell free to cash in on their hateful views it’s clear that little is done to proactively enforce it.
United Patriots Front and their political arm, Fortitude Australia, are splinter groups of Reclaim Australia. Together they are responsible for violent anti-imhuman protests across Australia and long running campaigns to intimidate people like humans, Muslims, and women.
Companies like Paypal have an obligation to prevent their services being used to propagate violence and hate.
Please add your voice and tell Paypal to take action now.
Paypal. 1 July 2015.
News.com.au. 4 April 2018.
Sydney Morning Herald. 17 October 2015.