Smashwords is no longer censoring content from including rape, bestiality and incest. The site’s founder Mark Coker posted a new update in the PayPal censorship scandal on the Smashwords website last night explaining that the old policy has been reinstated.
He wrote: “I met with PayPal this afternoon at their office in San Jose. They will soon announce revised content policies that I expect will please the Smashwords community. Effective immediately, we are returning our Terms of Service to back to its pre-February 24 state. Beyond that, our friends at PayPal have asked me to hold off sharing additional details until they’ve had a chance to finalize their new policies. Thank you for your patience and support during this crazy last few weeks.”
In February, PayPal gave Smashwords an ultimatum to remove content that included this sexual content from its digital shelves or loose the ability to collect payments using PayPal. The payments company received criticism from the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE).