What is PayPal's policy regarding payments for goods and services that may promote hate, violence, or intolerance?

PayPal is a worldwide company with account holders in many countries where the possession or sale of certain items associated with hate organizations is a criminal offense. To determine what goods and services should be prohibited, PayPal carefully considers the following factors:

  • The promotion or glorification of hate, violence, or intolerance because of a person's race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, or sexual orientation.
  • Any graphic portrayal of violence or victims of violence.
  • Previous activity associated with the account holder.
  • Any transactions that involve financial exploitation of a crime.


The following are examples of items that PayPal generally prohibits:

  • Items that appear to be sold to fund or that imply or promote support for membership in the Irish Republican Army (IRA) or other prohibited organizations under U.K. law.
  • Items containing Nazi, SS, or Ku Klux Klan symbols, including authentic German WWII memorabilia.