Posted on November 7, 2019

PayPal to Cut Off Donations to Right-Wing YouTuber Stefan Molyneux

James Crowley, Newsweek, November 5, 2019

PayPal is working to end their services for far-right YouTuber Stefan Molyneux, the internet personality behind such viral videos as “The Story of Your Enslavement,” “Take the Red Pill” and “The Flat Earth Conspiracy Debate.” The online payment platform confirmed the termination in a statement shared with Newsweek, writing that “After conducting an extensive review, PayPal has made the decision to discontinue our business relationship with Stefan Molyneux.”

PayPal’s decision to remove Molyneux from their service is an injurious rebuke to the far-right personality, as much of his income has come from fan gifts, including recurring donations through PayPal.

{snip} The self-described philosopher’s musings also caught the attention of Sleeping Giants, an activist organization that aims to convince advertisers to pull promotions from news outlets that promote bigoted ideologies.


Sleeping Giants co-founder Nandini Jammi first made efforts to bring Molyneux’s content to PayPal’s attention in April, she told Right Wing Watch. On October 14, she retweeted a post displaying screenshots of Molyneux’s Twitter activity promoting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories regarding the media. Jammi encouraged her followers to contact PayPal directly and ask why Molyneux was still allowed to use the platform.

Jammi has encouraged multiple fintech companies to stop processing payments for far-right public figures and organizations this year. On June 25, she penned an open letter to Mastercard and also publicly called on Stripe, Square, and PayPal to be aware of the organizations that they enable financially.

{snip} “Suspending Stefan Molyneux should have been an open-and-shut case,” Jammi told Right Wing Watch.