PayPal no pal of naturists/nudists

    VANCOUVER, March 24 /CNW/ - After four years of processing subscription
payments for Going Natural magazine, PayPal has abruptly cancelled service to
its publisher, the Federation of Canadian Naturists (FCN). Attempts to get an
explanation as to how the magazine violates PayPal's "acceptable use" policy
have been met with generic e-mails from faceless and implacable
customer-service personnel.
    Those e-mails falsely claim the magazine is pornographic, and sells
"sexually oriented goods or services involving minors" or "services for which
the purpose is to facilitate meetings for sexually oriented activities."
    Going Natural magazine is devoted to naturism (or nudism), a social
movement over a hundred years old and unrelated to sexual activity. The
practices the magazine has portrayed for over 20 years have been shown to
benefit people of all ages, especially naturist children. In several
scientific polls, millions of people in Canada and the USA report engaging in
naturist activities such as skinny-dipping.
    The FCN is not the first naturist organization to be rejected by PayPal,
which arbitrarily denies service to persons or organizations it alone deems
socially unacceptable.
    "PayPal's decision about Going Natural and its claims about the FCN are
unfounded embellishments born of ignorance," notes Judy Williams, Government
Affairs Director for the FCN.
    PayPal has become synonymous, world-wide, with the convenience of online
payments. As stated on its website, "PayPal has quickly become a global leader
in online payment solutions with more than 153 million accounts worldwide."
    "Organizations such as PayPal with near monopolies in their industries
are duty-bound to be objective and fair," says Ms. Williams. "PayPal also has
a responsibility to avoid making arbitrary and narrow judgements, as well as
issuing wildly untrue and offensive statements about clients."
    The FCN Board of Directors is considering a class action lawsuit. It
wouldn't be the first against PayPal, which paid out over $9 million in 2004
to settle such a suit. Any organization which believes it has been refused
service by PayPal because of political, social, or religious views should
contact the FCN.
    Finally, Ms. Williams points to PayPal's hypocrisy for accusing the FCN
of sexually immoral and even illegal activities, when PayPal itself supports
transactions for "certain sexually oriented physical goods," as detailed on
its website.

For further information:

For further information: Judy Williams, Title: Government Affairs
Director, Federation of Canadian Naturists, Phone: (604) 856-9598, Cellular
phone: (604) 308-6336, E-mail:

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