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Sydney – In what is being called a censorship move, PayPal has informed e-book publisher Smashwords that if it doesn’t remove content containing references to rape, bestiality and incest, it will withdraw its services.

In an email to Smashwords authors, Mark Coker, CEO of the publisher, advises: In case you haven’t heard, about two weeks ago, PayPal contacted Smashwords and gave us a surprise ultimatum: Remove all titles containing bestiality, rape or incest, otherwise they threatened to deactivate our PayPal account. We engaged them in discussions and on Monday they gave us a temporary reprieve as we continue to work in good faith to find a suitable solution.

Op-Ed: PayPal warns publishers about bestiality, rape and incest content (Includes first-hand account).