Paypal and Venmo Ban Joe BiggsConservative media personality Joe Biggs is being systematically deplatformed.
ByIan Miles Cheong
Jul. 25, 2019
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Conservative media personality Joe Biggs is the latest figure in the conservative movement to face mass deplatforming. Earlier in July, the two-time Purple Heart recipient was permanently banned from Twitter without explanation. He was also banned from Shopify at the time. Today, payment providers Venmo and PayPal terminated his accounts.
Biggs, who had over 241,000 followers at the time of his suspension on Twitter, reported that he lost his verification checkmark after he posted tweets calling out AntiFa after members of the leftist movement brutally assaulted journalist Andy Ngo at a rally in Portland. He was banned shortly thereafter. Twitter has not commented on his ban.
Known on social media as "SSGBiggs" or "Rambo Biggs," the retired Army Staff Sergeant entered the public spotlight in 2013 following the mysterious death of Newsweek reporter Michael Hastings. Since then, Biggs has remained in the public eye and become an outspoken opponent of AntiFa.
Since his Twitter ban, Biggs announced plans for a counter-protest against the presence of AntiFa in Portland -- activity that may have caused him to run afoul of PayPal and Venmo, platforms which previously suspended conservative personalities for political involvement.
PayPal CEO Dan Schulman told The Wall Street Journal in February that the company works with the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to identify accounts to ban as part of its mission toward "diversity and inclusion."