Coinbase Bans Personal Account of British Right-Wing Pundit Milo Yiannopoulos

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via https://cointelegraph.com/

American major cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has barred British right-wing pundit Milo Yiannopoulos from its platform, Yiannopoulos stated in a Gab post on May 3.

Yiannopoulos is a well-known political commentator and public speaker, espousing controversial far-right views and describing himself as a “cultural libertarian”. Previously, Yiannopoulos used to be an editor for syndicated American news and opinion website Breitbart News.

Yiannopoulos’ account on Coinbase was reportedly closed within three minutes:

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Yiannopoulos was previously banned by social media and networking platforms Facebook, as well as its subsidiary Instagram, and Twitter, according to the Guardian. A Facebook spokesperson reportedly told the Guardian that “we’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology. The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today.”

In January, Coinbase reportedly terminated the personal merchant account of Gab founder Andrew Torba. A possible reason why it is hard for Gab to obtain a payment processor is purportedly its reputation for being the social network for people banned from mainstream platforms for hate speech.

Moreover, last April Coinbase blocked the account of WikiLeaks Shop, the merchandise arm of international anonymous publishing non-profit WikiLeaks, due to terms of service violations. Last December, Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks and international exile, urged donors to contribute to the online publication by using cryptocurrencies in order to skirt the financial ‘blockade’ by national governments.

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I just read this piece in The Atlantic by John McWhorter and this part stood out to me.

“The black lawyer and activist Pauli Murray insisted in 1963 that none other than Alabama Governor George “Segregation Forever” Wallace be allowed to speak at Yale. She believed that the speech rights blacks had fought for so hard must be extended to people she found noxious, including on issues as personal to her as race.”

Milo rhetoric and Torba’s platform contain divisive and incendiary speech, but I’m not sure I would equate this to “violence.” I do view this form of censorship against them to be sinister and a violation of fundamental human rights. luckily there are alternatives available.

@heavilyarmedclown interview with Andrew Torba goes into his troubles with censorship and the importance of bitcoin.

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This is getting out of hand now. Of course Coinbase is a private entity and may affiliate itself with whomever it pleases, but they must surely see the rank hypocrisy

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I say fuck Coinbase. Who gives what they think… More and more businesses take crypto as a form of payment, soon we not gonna need fiat to crypto companies like Coinbase.

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