Oh the Irony: Bank of America Bans Former PayPal Executive

  • A former PayPal executive has posted a letter on Twitter of Bank of America closing down his account.
  • The ironic ban was not lost on his followers, however, who criticize PayPal for its own censorship practices.
  • Calls for censorship-resistant money like bitcoin are growing louder.

A former PayPal executive revealed Monday that Bank of America is in the process of closing down his account.

Roelof Botha, who previously held the role of CFO of PayPal, was given no explanation and a mere 30 days to take his money elsewhere.

Botha, who has been a loyal customer of the bank for 20 years, posted the redacted letter on Twitter:

Botha has 30 days to take his funds elsewhere. | Source: Twitter

The concerning letter is just one of a growing number of account bans that allow banks to cut services with impunity.

Indeed, Bank of America’s legal agreement means that Botha and all other customers have almost zero recourse for appeal:

…your Deposit Account Agreement allows either you or us to close your account at any time. This decision is final and won’t be reconsidered.

Twitter Followers Have Zero Sympathy for Hypocritical PayPal

Botha hasn’t worked for PayPal in almost 20 years. He, nevertheless, still proudly totes the former title on his Twitter bio.

That decision has backfired, however, after several followers lambasted him for his ironic post:

Several followers recount their own censorship experiences with PayPal. | Source: Twitter

PayPal has an awful reputation both in terms of customer service and in censorship. In several instances, some users report that the company has brought their small businesses to the brink of bankruptcy.

CCN recently reported that PayPal may have closed its business dealings to certain markets purely for political reasons. British politicians are campaigning against the embattled company for ignoring Palestinians.

Last week it also suspended all service without explanation to the world’s largest pornographic site.

Calls for Censorship-Resistant Money Grow Louder

While no explanation was given for the indiscriminate banning, it’s likely that Botha himself invests in crypto. He is a partner at Sequoia Capital, which continues to invest heavily in blockchain.

Both JPMorgan and Bank of America are, by now, well-known for blocking cryptocurrency transactions and closing down accounts. Tron frontman Justin Sun has since joined the conversation, claiming he too was recently a victim of censorship:

Tron frontman Justin Sun claims he was also a victim of a bank ban. | Source: Twitter

The ban is, once again, rallying a call-to-arms for censorship-resistant money with inevitable responses like “Welcome to the club! We have jackets, #bitcoin accepted” and “Bitcoin fixes this”.

Bitcoin may be censorship-resistant money but it still has a ways to go before it can be easily adapted into everyday life.

This article was edited by Sam Bourgi.

Last modified: November 18, 2019 14:40 UTC

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