Pro-Trump commentator and businessman Dan Bongino announced the launch of a payment platform that protects against the censorship and forms of cancel culture. The move comes as more conservatives become targets for Big Tech payment processors like Stripe.
Earlier this year Stripe removed Former President Donald Trump off of their platform for his supposed role in the Jan 6. Capitol protests.
Bongino’s platform, AlignPay vows to ensure no political campaign, business, or nonprofit organization with have their financial access cut off over political believes or opinions – whether they be on the Left or Right. AlignPay acts as an alternative to Big Tech influence, slowly but surely stripping them of their ultimate power.
“It’s focused on the cancel culture. So Stripe is our target here. You need to come to us, or you’re under the very real threat of being canceled,” Bongino said.
“Anyone who’s going to engage in any of this cancel culture totalitarianism, we’re going to expose and offer our services to the people you cancel,”
AlignPay will specialize in credit, debit, and bank-to-bank transactions and will deliver its services at a similar price point to that of competitors such as Stripe, Square, and PayPal. The company says all of its payment transactions will be fully encrypted, and personally identifiable information will not be sold.
Bongino emphasized that individuals or business of all political backgrounds are welcome to use AlignPay, including typically conservative pro-life or pro-gun groups, and Leftists groups like Black Lives Matter and anti-abortion organizations. The only groups banned from the platform are those are involved in any criminal activity.
The platform has been created and funded by Bongino and three of his associates, Jeff Wernick, Eric Berger, and Jake Hoffman. The newly launched website says the company will “never pick sides on any issue,” but believes in “America, freedom, and protecting your economic opportunity.”
“It’s more than a business to us. It’s a movement. Many people are afraid of speaking out against the tech platforms because they control their ability to earn an income,” Wernick said.
AlignPay’s target, Stripe, which handles card payments for millions of online businesses and organizations, chose to kick Trump’s campaign website and online fundraising operations off its platform in January for violating its policies against encouraging violence, through his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
The financial-technology giant asked users not to accept payments for “high-risk” activities, including any organization that “engages in, encourages, promotes or celebrates unlawful violence or physical harm to persons or property.”
Bongino said the real reason Trump was banned from Stripe was because of his controversial opinions and beliefs.
Trump hasn’t endorsed or committed to using AlignPay yet but is aware of its existence, according to Bongino.
A number of Big Tech companies banned Trump from his social media accounts in January, including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Reddit.
Bongino said conservative organizations were particularly at risk of being banned by tech platforms, especially those that are well known and might generate notoriety.
Author: Elizabeth Tierney