Jan. 15th, 2010

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Looks like Dreamwidth is having the same problem as LJ did a few years ago. Their response is different, however.

http://dw-news.dreamwidth.org/16590.html

Instead of deleting accounts, etc., Dreamwidth has decided to let the chips fall where they may and stick by its terms of service, which state that they will not remove an account unless it actually violates US law. Someone being "concerned" about content is not enough.

Apparently, however, it *is* enough for Paypal, who believed the trolls and withdrew its support of Dreamwidth, demanding that it remove posts that were in fact legal (racy in the eyes of contributors is not equivalent to illegal). So Dreamwidth is now looking for another merchant processor. Their provider has not withdrawn and is supporting them all the way.

When they find another merchant processor, I'll be interested to see who it is. I've wanted Paypal to have some competition for a long time now - they seem to have a monopoly on merchant processing unless you pay directly by credit card.

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