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Jul. 27th, 2011

07:41 pm - K so

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Operation PayPal, hashtag #OpPayPal on Twitter.

Why is this exciting? Well, instead of launching a 'typical' Anonymous attack, this time they are simply encouraging people to close their PayPal accounts. For me, in the middle of writing an essay about Anonymous as a means for politically disenfranchised young people to have power and a voice and their emergence from lulz-based trolling to activism, this is like manna from heaven - OHAI LEGAL PEACEFUL PROTEST OVER HERE! The hashtag is currently generating about 10 new tweets a minute and you can bet your arse I'm screengrabbing like fury. Primary sources FTW.

They're protesting the arrest of 15 participants in Operation Payback, the warrants for which were procured through IP addresses supplied by PayPal to the FBI. The protest is also against PayPal's ongoing blocking of funding to Wikileaks under pressure from the US government.

My inner academic is having multiple orgasms over this. My inner subversive is doing likewise.

I'm not going to tell you to join in, but I closed mine.

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From:vernacularity
Date:July 27th, 2011 08:33 am (UTC)
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cheers for the heads up, i've been meaning to close mine due to various policies and pratices, this was the reminder I needed. and what an ordeal it ended up being *swoon*.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 27th, 2011 08:36 am (UTC)
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Yeah, they don't make it easy. But I've only ever used it for one thing, which I can easily do elsewhere. I also like the idea of making a statement with my closure and supporting something I believe in.
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From:_fustian
Date:July 27th, 2011 09:17 am (UTC)
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If only there was a viable alternative for easily accepting credit card payments. (Google Checkout: why the fuck aren't you available outside the UK & UK, other than the Android Market?!)
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From:tatjna
Date:July 27th, 2011 09:18 am (UTC)
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If you follow the hashtag, people are posting alternatives on there.
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From:_fustian
Date:July 27th, 2011 08:31 pm (UTC)
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There are many alternatives; none are viable (unless you're willing/able to get a merchant account). Paypal really is a monopoly in this market.
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From:pythia
Date:July 27th, 2011 09:18 am (UTC)
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I never had an account, I never liked it. Now I'm extra glad.
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From:bekitty
Date:July 27th, 2011 11:00 pm (UTC)
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I deleted mine last night. It had 54c in it, and I couldn't add anything because I don't have a US bank account. Not much use to me.

Rumour has it that Ebay (PayPal's parent company) lost $US933m in share prices as a result of the protest. \o/
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