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Questions to ask

Politics:

  • History of explicit support of activists using their service? If not, are they neutral or hostile?
  • Is payment for sexual content/pornography/sex work against their terms of use (this is common and may prevent some activists and many open content web sites using them)?
  • What are the politics of their founders/investors?

Features:

  • Payments accepted from donors/customers around the world y/n?
  • Payments made to recipients around the world y/n?
  • One-off payments supported y/n?
  • Recurring payments supported y/n?
  • What's their minimum transaction?
  • What are their fees for small transactions?
  • Do they require/encourage incorporation?
  • Do they limit donations (no concrete goods or services in return) to registered non-profits or charities?
  • Do they have a history of freezing accounts?
  • How can people make payments? (Credit card, bank transfer, cash)?

Payment providers

Paypal

Politics

  • History of explicit support of activists using their service? If not, are they neutral or hostile?
Traditionally Paypal have been extremely hostile to activist groups and readily respond to FBI and big bank requests to block accounts. See PayPal 14, The Prosecution of Free Speech
  • Is payment for sexual content/pornography/sex work against their terms of use (this is common and may prevent some activists and many open content web sites using them)?
Yes, PayPal actively discriminates against sex workers. See How PayPal discriminates against Sex Workers, PayPal blocks the accounts of porn professionals
  • What are the politics of their founders/investors?
Peter Theil is seen as Libertarian, supports Ron Paul, is also a founder of Palantir, a group that spied on Wikileaks, and is a member of the highly secretive Bilderberg Group.
Elon Musk is a technilogical progressive (SpaceX, Telsa Motors, Mars missions)
Reid Hoffman appears to be progressive, investing in a number of projects around education and immigration reform, and serves on the board of organisations like Kiva. Editorial note: he is an investor in Wikia.

Features

  • Payments accepted from donors/customers around the world y/n?
  • Payments made to recipients around the world y/n?
  • One-off payments supported y/n?
  • Recurring payments supported y/n?
  • What's their minimum transaction?
  • What are their fees for small transactions?
  • Do they require/encourage incorporation?
  • Do they limit donations (no concrete goods or services in return) to registered non-profits or charities?
  • Do they have a history of freezing accounts?
  • How can people make payments? (Credit card, bank transfer, cash)?

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