Milo Yiannopoulos banned from Venmo and PayPal over anti-Semitic joke

Milo Yiannopoulos has been banned from both Venmo and its parent company PayPal after the former Breitbart tech editor used the platforms to send anti-Semitic content to a Jewish journalist.

“When an individual violates PayPal’s longstanding Acceptable Use Policy, the company will take action as deemed appropriate,” the company said in a statement. “We ensure that people do not use our platform and services to promote hate, violence or discriminatory intolerance.”

News of the ban was first reported by Yiannopoulos on Instagram, who posted screengrabs of messages he received from both companies.

A person familiar with the matter said the decision to oust Yiannopoulos from the platforms came after he sent a Jewish journalist $14.88. The figure is a highly charged white supremacist dog whistle.

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ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 15: Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative columnist and internet personality, holds a press conference down the street from the Pulse Nightclub, June 15, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Yiannopoulos was briefly banned from Twitter on Wednesday. The shooting at Pulse Nightclub, which killed 49 people and injured 53, is the worst mass-shooting event in American history. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 15: Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative columnist and internet personality, holds a press conference down the street from the Pulse Nightclub, June 15, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Yiannopoulos was briefly banned from Twitter on Wednesday. The shooting at Pulse Nightclub, which killed 49 people and injured 53, is the worst mass-shooting event in American history. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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Australian senator David Leyonhjelm (L) and right-wing British provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos congratulate each others on their book release during a visit to Parliament House in Canberra on December 5, 2017. Yiannopoulos blasted those who do not agree with him as 'petulant babies' after violent protests in Melbourne. The polarising former Breitbart editor is touring with his 'The Troll Academy' speaking show. Hundreds of protestors clashed with police and supporters of Yiannopoulos outside a supposedly secret venue in Melbourne on December 4. / AFP PHOTO / MARK GRAHAM (Photo credit should read MARK GRAHAM/AFP/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 15: Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative columnist and internet personality, holds a press conference down the street from the Pulse Nightclub, June 15, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Yiannopoulos was briefly banned from Twitter on Wednesday. The shooting at Pulse Nightclub, which killed 49 people and injured 53, is the worst mass-shooting event in American history. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 15: Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative columnist and internet personality, holds a press conference down the street from the Pulse Nightclub, June 15, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Yiannopoulos was briefly banned from Twitter on Wednesday. The shooting at Pulse Nightclub, which killed 49 people and injured 53, is the worst mass-shooting event in American history. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Right-wing British provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos answers questions during a speech at Parliament House in Canberra on December 5, 2017. Yiannopoulos blasted those who do not agree with him as 'petulant babies' after violent protests in Melbourne. The polarising former Breitbart editor is touring with his 'The Troll Academy' speaking show. Hundreds of protestors clashed with police and supporters of Yiannopoulos outside a supposedly secret venue in Melbourne on December 4. / AFP PHOTO / MARK GRAHAM (Photo credit should read MARK GRAHAM/AFP/Getty Images)
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The “14” is a reference to domestic terrorist’s David Lane’s 14-word credo: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.” The 88 is often used in Neo-Nazi circles as a veiled referenced to “Heil Hitler” (H is the eight letter of the alphabet), according to the Anti-Defamation League.

The ban from Venmo and PayPal is not related to Yiannopoulos’ comments earlier this week when he told the New York Observer that he looked forward to the day when “vigilante squads … start gunning journalists down on sight.” Many criticized Yiannopoulos following the attack at a Maryland newspaper on Thursday that left five dead.

When reached by TheWrap, Yiannopoulos declined to comment for this story and insisted that the media should apologize to him for insinuating that he was responsible for the deadly shooting at the Capital Gazette. He has also vowed to sue the New York Observer and reporter Davis Richardson for its story on him.

Check out Yiannopoulos’ Instagram posts below:

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