Then again, we suspected that eventually they would do this:
There were countless others following suit. In fact, Google searches for “delete PayPal” spiked to 1,392% after the announcement, according to Google Trends. And as the situation continued to unfold, the company’s stock price continued to plummet.
By the following day, PayPal’s PR team was in full crisis mode and trying to spin the story as a “simple mistake” that was never meant to be included in the terms of service. But most people saw through this because any rational person knows it had to pass through multiple phases of review by multiple teams before being finally inserted into the terms of service and published online. No one bought the story they tried to push
The bigger story, though, is that despite it’s PR team publicly claiming it was just a simple mistake that that was never intended to be published, shortly after the criticism on social media died down, it was added back into the terms of service with equally ambiguous language. Apparently, they believed that everyone would just accept their claim and immediately forget about the incident.
Following PR Crisis, PayPal Again Updates TOS Hoping You Won’t Notice – Grit Daily News
Eff them. I can always pay Ebay with a credit card.
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Guess I will have to delete my account too.
W. T. F. Is wrong with people who run these companies??? Its We the People who make you rich….
We’re bumpkins and they are our Betters. Get used to it. 8>)
I’ve known people who worked in Silicon Valley — one for Google — who left it behind and returned to Cincinnati. It’s all a pose for the west coasters. Most of the “tech” companies are staffed with design majors kept afloat by a handful of actual tech people — and are heavily reliant on H1-B indentures.
WTF is wrong with them?
They are children. They lack the mental capability of an adult. To them, what happened yesterday is gone, and can no longer be used. “Oh, we got caught pulling a fast one. Everyone will forget by tomorrow, so let’s try again.”
They think they are right, and they want to force everyone to act they way they think it right. And, they cannot fathom that their brilliance is not recognized as such by everyone else. Pushback will cause them to take a step back, but they will spring forward as soon as they think no one is looking.
Two things: first, these changes to terms of service are legally dubious, though IANAL. Maybe they could enforce the TOS that was in-place when you signed up for their service, but how many contracts can be changed by one party with no consent from the other? “Continued use is consent” is weak grounds to stand on.
Second, you can’t sign away your rights. Inalienable, remember? So their TOS requires you not say anything they don’t like as part of the business you’re conducting — this isn’t like fees for overdrafts or for the processing they do in the course of providing a service, this is is purely “we don’t like your face”.
I’d love to see some attorneys general go after Silicon Valley for these egregious TOS terms and arbitrary rewrites. Patreon is so bad they’ll cancel your account for things you do on other platforms, and YouTube is purely random in how they apply their “guidelines”.
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