PayPal lifts ban on free speech chief Toby Young’s accounts after outcry from MPs

Sep 29, 2022 by

By Niamh Lynch, Daily Mail:

Paypal last night reinstated accounts run by a free speech campaign group after MPs said the ban was ‘politically motivated’.

Three accounts run by Toby Young, the general secretary of the Free Speech Union, were frozen on September 15.

The move angered MPs, who called on Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg to intervene.

Last night PayPal said it would reinstate the accounts in a statement in which it declared its support for freedom of expression. It apologised to Mr Young for the ‘inconvenience’.

Accounts owned by the FSU and the Daily Sceptic blog were frozen earlier this month, along with an account run by UsForThem.

UsForThem is a campaign group that called for schools to reopen during the Covid lockdown. The group’s account was reinstated after a review but the FSU’s remained closed until yesterday. Mr Young told The Daily Telegraph he would not use PayPal until it reinstated all other accounts closed for political reasons.

 It is understood that the finance company found that FSU had broken its terms of use but decided to reinstate the account after criticism from MPs and the media, according to the Telegraph.

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