PayPal blocks site that helped raise funds for US Capitol violence

SAN FRANCISCO (CNA) – PayPal said on Monday that it had blocked the crowdfunding site GiveSendGo after it helped raise funds for people who attended last week’s event in Washington when supporters of United States (US) President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol.

The digital payments processor also confirmed that it closed an account held by Ali Alexander, one of the organisers of the gathering.

The news was reported earlier by Bloomberg, which cited an unnamed source.

Supporters of Trump stormed the US Capitol last Wednesday, trying halt the certification by Congress of President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.

Trump, who has without evidence challenged the validity of Biden’s election win, initially praised his supporters but later condemned the violence.