Tommy Robinson banned from using PayPal

Tommy Robinson banned from using PayPal

English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson has been banned from using PayPal.

The 35-year-old said the online payments system told him he did not fit within its user guidelines and would never be able to use the platform again.

The company said it does not 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 is discriminatory.

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

We work hard to achieve the right balance and to ensure that our decisions are values-driven and not political.

The move comes after online petitions, demanding the firm stop processing payments for the activist, gathered thousands of signatures.

But Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, who said he had been using the platform to collect donations to fight his legal battles, branded the ban as “fascism”.

“They just don’t like my opinion and want to silence me,” he told the Press Association.

“The Government and establishment can see I have public support, they can see I have the ability to fight back.”

Robinson said PayPal has also frozen “a lot” of money that was in the account for 180 days.

PayPal said: “Striking the necessary balance between upholding free expression and open dialogue and protecting principles of tolerance, diversity and respect for all people is a challenge that many companies are grappling with today.

“We work hard to achieve the right balance and to ensure that our decisions are values-driven and not political.”

Robinson was freed from prison in August after three leading judges quashed a contempt of court finding made at Leeds Crown Court.

On Monday he was formally released from bail after Old Bailey judge Nicholas Hilliard QC referred his case to the Attorney General.

The court heard that he denied breaching the Contempt of Court Act and making a broadcast likely to seriously prejudice the trial.

The Attorney General’s Office has said all the material was being looked at “afresh” before a decision was made on whether to refer Robinson to the High Court for contempt.

- Press Association

More on this topic

Pair arrested in UK on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offencesPair arrested in UK on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences

Johnson denies knowledge of tax burden rising under ToriesJohnson denies knowledge of tax burden rising under Tories

1970s convictions of three men in UK overturned due to evidence of corrupt detective1970s convictions of three men in UK overturned due to evidence of corrupt detective

Hotel blaze not thought to be cladding-related, says fire serviceHotel blaze not thought to be cladding-related, says fire service

More in this Section

BFFs: Close friends help macaques surviveBFFs: Close friends help macaques survive

Food labels showing exercise needed to burn calories ‘could help tackle obesity’Food labels showing exercise needed to burn calories ‘could help tackle obesity’

Poll prediction shows Tory hit but Boris Johnson still on course for majorityPoll prediction shows Tory hit but Boris Johnson still on course for majority

Bird flu found on English chicken farmBird flu found on English chicken farm


Lifestyle

Wondering about wine for the big day? Leslie Williams has all the options, for every taste and budget.Something from the bar: The perfect drink selections this Christmas

Damon Smith faces the might of the First Order on the exhilarating Star Wars Rise Of The Resistance attraction at Walt Disney World in Orlando.Feeling the Force in Florida: Star Wars Rise Of The Resistance attraction opens at Walt Disney World

There’s nothing better than curling up with a good book over the Christmas holidays, says Kya deLongchamps.By the book: Our top home and interiors picks to curl up with over the festive season

More From The Irish Examiner