The New York Times reported that billionaire investor Peter Thiel donated $1.25 million to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign both directly and through various Super PACs. Those who were upset with the donation attempted to retaliate against Thiel, who spoke at the Republican National Convention, by taking it out on his old company, PayPal.
The key word there is “old.”
While Thiel co-founded PayPal, it bears mentioning that his affiliation with the company was severed after it was sold several years ago.
Regardless, many used the hashtag #BoycottPayPal to show how they felt about the donation:
Some quickly saw the error in the boycott:
Those who did their research called on Facebook to remove Thiel from its board as well as Y Combinator to cut all ties. Sam Altman of Y Combinator, who made it clear that he did not support Trump, argued against giving Thiel the boot:
This isn’t the first time Americans have gotten mad at PayPal. The company decided to pull resources out of North Carolina over the controversial bathroom law debate affecting the transgender community, causing those in support of the law to criticize the company.