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PayPal stops payments to Tommy Robinson in latest block on far Right

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 08/11/2018 Matthew Field
a group of people standing in front of a building: Tommy Robinson and supporters outside the Old Bailey where he is appearing on contempt charges © The Telegraph/Geoff Pugh Tommy Robinson and supporters outside the Old Bailey where he is appearing on contempt charges

PayPal has blocked payments to former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson from service, the latest far-Right figure to be banned from the payments provider.

The US payments company had previously blocked Gab, a far Right social network, and US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for breaching its terms of service. 

Mr Robinson had become the subject of online petitions to force the payments company to drop him from its service. He has previously been banned from Twitter, but his Facebook page remains online with almost 1 million likes.

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PayPal said it could not comment on individual customers, but said: "We do not allow PayPal services to be used to promote hate, violence, or other forms of intolerance that is discriminatory.

“We do not take decisions like these lightly, and we work hard to be rigorous and fair-minded when reviewing PayPal accounts.”

The payments service is understood to have told Mr Robinson that he had violated its terms of service and that Paypal could not be used to promote hate or discrimination. The BBC first reported the news.

Mr Robinson was convicted of contempt of court over the summer, but this ruling was later quashed. The case has since been referred to the Attorney General.

The conviction sparked protests to "free Tommy Robinson". Critics started a rival petition to force Mr Robinson off Paypal, with one online petition gaining 67,000 signatures.

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