Paypal schaart zich achter anti-tabak

In een plotselinge e-mail aan gebruikers van Paypal meldt de organisatie dat, met directe ingang, Paypal niet meer gebruikt mag worden op sites die tabaksartikelen verkopen.

Een webwinkeleigenaar daarover:

“Omdat we zeker 15 sites hebben draaien kost ons dit veel geld en tijd om dit binnen 24 uur terug te draaien. Buiten dat stikt het van de sites op internet die men WEL toestaat.”

De e-mail:

The PayPal User Agreement states that PayPal, at its sole discretion,
reserves the right to close an account for any violation of the User
Agreement, including the Acceptable Use Policy.  Under the Acceptable Use
Policy, PayPal may not be used to purchase or sell tobacco, including
cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco, due to the many difficulties
inherent in assuring that tobacco sales comply with applicable laws.  The
complete Acceptable Use Policy addressing Tobacco can be found at the
following URL:

We are hereby notifying you that, after a recent review of your account
activity, it has been determined that you are in violation of PayPal’s
Acceptable Use Policy.  Therefore, your account has been closed.

If you have a remaining balance, we will be issuing this to you by bank
transfer.  If you do not have a bank account listed, it is necessary that
you add one in order for us to transfer these funds.   If you already have
a bank account listed, please log in to your PayPal account and verify that
your account information is accurate, as PayPal cannot be held responsible
for incorrect information provided by the account holder. 

You will need to remove all references to PayPal from your website(s)
and/or auction(s).  This includes not only removing PayPal as a payment
option, but also the PayPal logo and/or shopping cart.  We thank you in
advance for your cooperation.

PayPal Acceptable Use Policy Department
PayPal, an eBay Company

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