PayPal prohibits Tommy Robinson from using the service


The founder of the British Defense League, Tommy Robinson, has been banned from using PayPal.

The online payment system told him that he was not within his user guidelines and that he would never be able to use the platform again, the 35-year-old said.

The company said not to comment on individual accounts, but added in a statement: "We do not allow PayPal services to be used to promote hate, violence or other forms of intolerance that are discriminatory.

"We do not make such decisions lightly, and we work hard to be rigorous and correct when we look into PayPal accounts."

The move comes after online petitions asking the company to stop payments for the activist have collected thousands of signatures. But Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon – who said he used the platform to collect donations to fight his legal battles, labeled the ban as "fascism".

"I simply do not like my opinion and I want to shut up," he told the Press Association. "The government and the establishment can see that I have public support, they can see that I have the ability to react".

Robinson said that PayPal also froze "a lot" of money that was in the account for 180 days.

PayPal said: "Finding the necessary balance between supporting free expression and opening the dialogue and protecting the principles of tolerance, diversity and respect for all people is a challenge that many companies are currently facing.

"We work hard to achieve the right balance and to ensure that our decisions are value-oriented and not political".

Robinson was released from prison in August after three major judges canceled the contempt for court investigations at the Leeds court.

Monday was officially released on bail after Justice Old Bailey Nicholas Hilliard QC reported his case to the attorney general.

The court heard that it denied violating the Court's Contempt and having made a transmission that could seriously jeopardize the trial. The attorney general's office said that all the material was examined "again" before a decision was made regarding the possibility of deferring Robinson to the high court for contempt.



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