Red Ice TV was kicked off YouTube nearly two years ago, in October 2018. At that time they had 334,000 YouTube subscribers and their videos had been viewed nearly 50 million times. Since being forced onto BitChute, their subscriber base is back up to 37,000; they have an order of magnitude less reach.
Apparently that’s not good enough. Now the foes of Red Ice TV have just gotten them added to the “MATCH List.” Never heard of that? Few people have. MATCH stands for “Member Alert To Control High-risk merchants.” It’s a list, shared by all banks, of what used to be called the “Terminated Merchant File.” If you get added to this list, it is almost impossible to open or maintain a credit card account with any bank. Get on this list, you will never be able to accept credit cards again.
Here are some of the reasons you can get added to the MATCH List.
• 02 Common Point of Purchase
• 03 Laundering
• 04 Excessive Chargebacks
• 05 Excessive Fraud
• 07 Fraud Conviction
• 08 Mastercard Questionable Merchant Audit Program
• 09 Bankruptcy/Liquidation/Insolvency
• 10 Violation of Standards
• 11 Merchant Collusion
• 12 PCI-DSS Non-compliance
• 13 Illegal Transactions
• 14 Identity Theft
But Red Ice didn’t do any of these things. They aren’t criminals. They got added to the MATCH list because they engage in speech that is unwelcome to left wing pressure groups.
Do we agree with everything Red Ice TV produces? No. Do we concur with them on everything they say? No. So what? Why should we even have to issue that disclaimer? This is a matter of principle. Even if Red Ice engages in “hate speech,” and that is debatable, isn’t hate speech protected by the First Amendment, and wasn’t that recently upheld by a unanimous decision at the U.S. Supreme Court?
No matter. Break certain unwritten rules, and you will not only be pushed into remote corners of the internet, but you may also lose your ability to conduct online commerce.
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