It feels like only yesterday that Wikileaks was getting tossed off the Internet, and blocked from transactions through PayPal, Visa and Mastercard. Flattr was one of the few remaining ways to easily support Wikileaks.
We never made any official statements about it, but questions about it were asked from a few journalists. We wanted to give you a bit more of the story. So I asked Peter and Linus about it.
Why didn’t Flattr jump aboard the band wagon to remove ways to fund Wikileaks?
Why should we? They’re not even formally charged of anything. At Flattr we feel that it’s super important to protect basic democratic values – everyone should have the same possibilities and everyone is innocent until proven guilty. It’s that simple. We can’t have different values for different people…
We don’t think this is our call, we should not impose moral judgement on our users. We have laws that control these kind of things, we should not.
Was there any fear that you’d get blocked by PayPal, Visa and Mastercard yourself, for allowing Wikileaks?
The fear was more that if they do it, we’d have to build a competitor towards them quickly. We don’t have the time to do it, but if they keep doing this, eventually people will get tired of them and start looking for alternatives!
Fear is nothing but obstacles that should be overcome. Let them come, we will just run faster to the finish line.
How do you think this will affect Flattr’s public image in the long run?
Hopefully people trust us and they understand that we stand for basic values in society. We’re not a one-in-a-dozen companies that just follows pressure. We have a goal with what we want to achieve and we’re doing it following our convictions!
Wikileaks can be found here on Flattr.
Other articles referring to Wikileaks and Flattr:
OnSoftware: Exclusive Interview with Flattr
TechCrunch: Flattr rolls out direct donations – wikileaks likely to benefit greatly
ReadWriteWeb: Support Writers, publishers and Non-profits (yes including Wikileaks)
Forbes: Wikileaks can still get cash thanks to Pirate Bays co-founder
TechCrunch: Why Tech Startup Flattr may be the key to Wikileaks Future Funding
Picture created by Kevin Macphail, can be flattred.