PayPal bans Tommy Robinson from its platform

By Ali Fortescue, Sky News reporter

PayPal has told the former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson it will no longer process payments on his behalf.

The online payments system said its services cannot be used to "promote hate, violence, or other forms of intolerance that is discriminatory".

Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was banned from Twitter in March and online petitions calling for companies like PayPal to stop processing his payments have gained thousands of signatures.

The far-right figure, who said he had been using the platform to collect donations to fight his legal battles, branded the withdrawal of services "fascism" and said the platform "don’t like my opinion and want to silence me".

PayPal said it did not comment on individual cases, but that it carefully reviewed accounts to make sure it they were in line with the company’s acceptable use policy.

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"We do not take decisions like these lightly, and we work hard to be rigorous and fair-minded when reviewing PayPal accounts," it said.

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