“Amazon Pay” Account Closed:
We *may* Have Violated Their Policy
Sticker Banned By Another Internet Super Power
[UPDATE June 4, 2019] Amazon has informed us they have decided NOT to reinstate our account!
Our ISIS Hunting Permit Sticker has gotten us banned for any ads promoting it on both Facebook and Pinterest in the past. Now Internet behemoth Amazon.com is taking a swing at us.
Our Amazon Pay account was closed without warning on May 9, 2019.
Note that we are not getting our Amazon Pay account closed because we violated their Acceptable Use Policy, but because we *may* have violated their policy. Say what?
At least there is an appeal process, which we intend to attempt to navigate in order to get our account back.
For those of you who don’t know, Amazon Pay allows people to buy products in our store using their Amazon account credentials for an added feeling of security because, well, doesn’t everyone trust Amazon.com?
Here is a screenshot of the email/notification we received from Amazon on May 9, 2019:
As you can see, we highlighted the “may be” (in violation).
Seriously? Closing our account and you haven’t even determined that we actually violated your policy?
It is our earnest hope that this is some automated algorithm with no one double checking either the results or the notification sent out, because this “just ain’t right!”.
We are responding to Amazon.com with the following letter (hopefully the “appeal” process is more than just a button or a few limited use text boxes):
We are in receipt of your notification that you have closed our Amazon Pay account. (See image of the notice as an addendum to this letter)
We are, however, quite confused as to WHY you closed the account.
The email/notification we received stated that one particular product on our Shopify store *MAY* be in violation of your Acceptable Use Policy. The very definition of the word “may” indicates that the one particular product *could* be in violation of your policy but that is also might NOT be in violation of your policy.
From Google: may | verb | 1. Expressing possibility “that may be true”
It seems both confusing and, quite frankly unfair, that our account would be closed if we actually are NOT in violation of your Acceptable Use Policy. Does what I’m saying make sense?
In deference to your action and our desire to remain a valued Amazon Pay client, we have removed that “potentially in violation” product from our store.
If I may, there is one other reason we are confused about this action: the product in question should only be “offensive” to people that are either members of, supporters of, or sympathizers of a group that has been declared by both the United Nations and the United States of America as a bona fide TERRORIST ORGANIZATION!
In fact, ISIS/ISIL is well known for wide distribution of videos showing beheading and other executions, including that of non-combatants, which we believe Americans from one end to the other of the political spectrum find quite “offending”.
It seems unclear why Amazon.com would be concerned that a product of ours might be offensive to no one other than TERRORISTS and their supporters?
One could use the same logic that our “support law enforcement” products violate your Acceptable Use Policy because they might be offensive to CRIMINALS. (Please… J)
The product in question is an “ISIS Hunting Permit” sticker. What the sticker promotes is, in fact, exactly what the United States Military is tasked with every single day for many years now: Hunting down ISIS, worldwide, wherever they are found. The FBI and Homeland Security dutifully hunt down those who, despite their best attempts, make it past our borders.
While I do understand our staunch position of supporting the US Military and Law Enforcement is not universally admired in our great country, I certainly feel that it is not outside of the mainstream or that it should be punished in any way.
If I may go one step further… One might even argue that since Amazon.com and its employees pay taxes to the United States Government thereby funding our military, FBI and Homeland Security, Amazon.com and its employees are actually supporting/funding the very action promoted by the sticker that you are saying “may” be in violation of your Acceptable Use Policy.
It is for these reasons, and the fact that we have removed the “may be in violation” sticker from our Shopify store, that we humbly request you reinstate our Amazon Pay account and unfreeze the monies in our account there.
Thank you for your consideration in this matter.
Honorable Donald J. Trump, President of the United States and Commander-in-Chief in the fight against the TERRORIST ORGANIZATION known as “ISIS”
Honorable John Cornyn, US Senator representing the Great State of Texas
Honorable Ted Cruz, US Senator representing the Great State of Texas
Honorable Chip Roy, US Congressman representing the 21st District of the Great State of Texas
Honorable Ken Paxton, Attorney General of the Great State of Texas
Last Chance To Buy This Sticker
So, as you can see, in order to keep our Amazon.com Pay account (or at least try to) we will be removing this ISIS HUNTING PERMIT STICKER from our store.
This is your last chance to buy it – click here now!