According to PayPal’s own Acceptable Use Policy, they are permitted to withdraw funds totaling $2,500 per violation from any PayPal account you control. There are a number of existing situations which permit this action, and they are adding additional ones this November 3rd. The new addition adds a clause for:
(f) present a risk to user safety or wellbeing,
The entire subsection of this entry is as follows:
involve the sending, posting, or publication of any messages, content, or materials
that, in PayPal’s sole discretion, (a) are harmful, obscene, harassing, or
objectionable, (b) depict or appear to depict nudity, sexual or other intimate
activities, (c) depict or promote illegal drug use, (d) depict or promote violence,
criminal activity, cruelty, or self-harm (e) depict, promote, or incite hatred or
discrimination of protected groups or of individuals or groups based on protected
characteristics (e.g. race, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation,
etc.) (f) present a risk to user safety or wellbeing, (g) are fraudulent, promote
misinformation, or are unlawful, (h) infringe the privacy, intellectual property
rights, or other proprietary rights of any party, or (i) are otherwise unfit for
Their officially announced upcoming changes to the Acceptable Use Policy can be found at the PDF link below.
It remains unclear how exactly PayPal defines a risk to user safety or wellbeing.
Later in the day after original publication of this RedPill, PayPal said the messaging in the announcement was an “error” and pulled the PDF from their website and replaced it with a single page, entirely blank PDF file. Here is the original PDF available on this website.
Details regarding the internal “error” were not disclosed.
Although PayPal has attempted to claw back its announcement regarding taking 2,500 from individuals who violate their acceptable use policy with regards to “misinformation” or language that harms the “wellbeing” of other individuals, they still have a clause in their Acceptable Use Policy that is active on their live website as of this update (10/13/2022), which reads:
You may not use the PayPal service for activities that:
relate to transactions involving (a) narcotics, steroids, certain controlled substances or other products that present a risk to consumer safety, (b) drug paraphernalia, (c) cigarettes, (d) items that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity, (e) stolen goods including digital and virtual goods, (f) the promotion of hate, violence, racial or other forms of intolerance that is discriminatory or the financial exploitation of a crime, (g) items that are considered obscene, (h) items that infringe or violate any copyright, trademark, right of publicity or privacy or any other proprietary right under the laws of any jurisdiction, (i) certain sexually oriented materials or services, (j) ammunition, firearms, or certain firearm parts or accessories, or (k) certain weapons or knives regulated under applicable law.
This live Acceptable Use Policy document can be found online on their website at: