Coinbase, one of the most popular U.S.-based crypto exchanges, has allegedly banned the personal account of British right-wing pundit Milo Yiannopoulos.
Yiannopoulos, who has previously made high-profile and controversial remarks which led him to having his account closed on other media platforms, posted a screenshot to Gab earlier this month detailing the sequence of events.
According to the post, Yiannopoulos received an email from Coinbase to verify his email address, which was promptly followed up–three minutes later–with a sudden notice of account closure.
While Coinbase is just the latest in a series of platform barring Milo Yiannopoulos from participating, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, several community members have questioned why a cryptocurrency trading platform would find need to do the same.
According to an article published by the Guardian, a Facebook spokesperson claimed that the Yiannopoulos banning at the time was apart of a series of crackdowns on individuals and organizations promoting violence and hate, “regardless of ideology.”
Nevertheless, Yiannopoulos and his account closures have drawn significant interest given his political leanings.
The British pundit is an outspoken right-wing supporter and political commentator, who previously wrote for the Conservative news site Breitbart.
Milo Yiannopoulos is also not the first personal account to be closed by Coinbase. In January 2019, the official Twitter account for Gab–a social media platform that prides itself on a lack of censorship–announced that Gab founder Andrew Torba had his personal account suspended by Coinbase. Even more puzzling, the merchant account for Gab was also banned, leading the company to claim that “decentralized exchanges are the future”