Harassment of crime victims is a profitable venture for the hoaxer.
They depend on payment companies like Paypal to pass along donations from their deranged audience, and to turn a blind eye to abuse.
PayPal and their competitors have shown they can do the right thing… if they know they are in the spotlight. That’s where you come in. You can make a difference by contacting PayPal and letting them know what you think about their decision to do business with the lowest of the low. Here’s how:
Send your message to PayPal’s compliance team : email@example.com
At the bottom of this page, there are e-mail addresses of currently-active hoaxers, and the website addresses where they have posted malicious content. You won’t want to visit them, but PayPal should, so include the link in your message.
Below is a template of what you can send. PayPal will want to know the facts before they can take action. So, be sure to also fill in the blanks for 1.) The offender’s email address, 2.) The kind of page they operate, 3.) The site’s name, in addition to 4.) the URL (link) to the page where the PayPal “buy” or “donate” button appears. Then, send your message to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Today I am asking that your company enforce its Acceptable Use Policy, dated July 1, 2015, against the account associated with [ email address ], a PayPal customer operating the [ website / blog / service / YouTube channel / etc. ] [ “Name Of Offending Service” ]. This customer’s use of PayPal violates one or more of the following provisions:
- Section 2(f), prohibiting transactions relating to the promotion of hate, violence, racial intolerance or the financial exploitation of a crime;
- Section 2(h), prohibiting transactions relating to transactions which infringe or violate any copyright, trademark, right of publicity or privacy or any other proprietary right under the laws of any jurisdiction; and
- Section 3(a), prohibiting transactions which show the personal information of third parties in violation of applicable law.
In violation of these provisions, [ email address ] actively disseminates false information, which has been shown to inspire criminal activity against innocent people and further victimize the victims of violent crimes and their families. Similar examples have been documented by major news media:
In November 2015, for instance, Sandy Hook “Truther” Matthew Mills was arrested at a charity event in Connecticut after accosting the family of slain teacher Victoria Soto and yelling that the shooting never happened. Shortly thereafter, other “Truthers” began circulating the address of Victoria’s sister, Carlee, on the internet and sending her Instagram messages that accused her of being a “crisis actor.” One of the messages, directed at Carlee’s husband, read: “They’re coming after you. They know who you and your wife are. They know where you live.”
Then there’s the case of Andrew Truelove of Herndon, Virginia, a conspiracy theorist who used the “no children died” myth as a pretext to steal property from two playgrounds dedicated to Sandy Hook victims, then called their parents and accused them of faking their children’s deaths.
Similarly, a Sandy Hook “Truther” by the name of Timothy Rogalski was arrested on charges of 2nd degree harassment and disorderly conduct after making harassing phone calls to the current Sandy Hook Elementary School, where hundreds of the students who survived the 2012 shooting are now attending. Rogalski called the school multiple times to accuse them of “faking” the shooting. When asked for a name, he gave the name of the school’s principal, who was among those murdered.
This violation of PayPal’s Acceptable Use Policy can be verified by visiting the page where your “donate” button appears, here:
LINK: [ link ]
While I understand the need to balance free speech rights with victims’ privacy rights, inciting harassment of crime victims is not legally protected speech, and is incompatible with PayPal’s Acceptable Use Policy. I urge PayPal to reinforce this standard by removing support from this individual.
Again, these companies can be on our side, but they need to hear your voice. Hoaxer activity is already in violation of PayPal’s Terms of Service. The company only needs to know that regular folks (their customers) are paying attention, and will not tolerate passive support of society’s lunatic fringe.
Here are more of the worst offenders on the web today. PayPal needs to hear what you think about their decision to business with these liars and predators; you can take action as above, making sure to include the hoaxer’s email address (which is tied to their PayPal account) along with the offending website’s URL:
HOAXER: Conspiracy Cafe
Email to report for abuse: email@example.com
URLs in violation of Paypal’s acceptable use policy:
More hoaxers to be reported soon: