Friday, March 9, 2012

PayPal's Side of the Censorship Issue

I just read a blog post written by PayPal's, Anuj Nayar, Director of Communications, which explains PayPal's side of the recent censorship issue that seems to have everyone up in understatement.

I've posted about how I've been affected and I don't even write, as Mr. Nayar states, "rape, incest or bestiality"...and never will either. In my case, I was caught in the crossfire of censorship because of certain harmless tags that are part of the banned list.

For me the issue is more about how things tend to mushroom whenever books are banned and the point where people who aren't even part of the issue are targeted. I personally don't care about PayPal's moral stand on any issue. Morally, I'm not fond of rape, incest, or bestiality either. But I'm less fond of censorship of any kind. And while I respect the right for every business owner to do as he or she pleases, I don't have to like it or patronize it.

Check out the blog post here.


mary gresham said...

I agreee with you Ryan, censorship of books purcahsed by adults is wrong. While I, as a parent, have never told my kids they couldn't listen, watch or read anything they they wanted to, I do understand the reason why the under 18 kids are not supposed to be buying erotic romance or explicit music or whatever, when my kids wanted something, they got it. No, not porno, but the youngest got that from his friends, I never bought that. But my daughter would read my romance books when she was a teenager and I knew what was in those books. The only difference I can see in them and what I read now is those had m/f characters and the ones now are m/m characters. Other than that, there is not much difference in them, it is still romance.

I still do not understand how a public company can tell someone how to use their own money, unless it was to purchase something illegaly and I don't think your books are illegal, at least not in this country. It is just another attempt to control what we buy and read. And not to be prejudiced, but with the name of the director of communications for pay pal, I can somewhat see how it's being justified. It most likely has something to do with religious practices. Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems that it could likely be the case.
I do not use pay pal, haven't for the last 2 years, since they decided because I was sending money to my own son, that I was practicing illegal activities, which is stupid, but they proceeded to steal over $500 out of my bank account, which I eventually got back, but only after threatening a lawsuit. They do not care anthing about their customers, only care about the money they make off of them. And, because they are owned by ebay, I very seldom use ebay now, because unless you have a pay pal account, they don't want you to use their site.You can't, when selling, state that you accept money orders, you have to use some form of electronic payment, which I refuse to use.
Ryan, people like this have us up the creek without a paddle, so to speak. What will it be next, the regular credit card companies telling us we can't order porn, if that's what we want to watch? I'm afraid that is waht it's going to come down to.

ryan field said...

The best thing to do is don't use them at all. I used to get paid through PayPal by European and Canadian publishers because it was easier. Now I won't. I'd rather pay bank fees to avoid PayPal.