Shopify Removes Trump Affiliate Online Stores

President Trump will need to find a new online platform to sell derivatives to his supporters. On Thursday, the e-commerce platform Shopify took two online stores affiliated with the president offline in response to Wednesday’s riot on the United States Capitol. Visiting them today brings up an error message saying: “This store is not available”. The movement, which was first spotted by The Wall Street Journal, comes the same day that Facebook and Twitter announced they would ban Trump at least until the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on January 20.

“Shopify does not tolerate actions that incite violence. Based on recent events, we have determined that President Donald J. Trump’s actions violate our Acceptable Use Policy, which prohibits the promotion or support of organizations, platforms, or individuals that threaten or condone violence for advancing a cause, ”said a Shopify spokesperson. TechCrunch. “As a result, we have closed stores affiliated with President Trump.”

This move represents a departure from Shopify’s previous stance on its platform’s policy. In 2017, CEO Tobias Lütke wrote an article on Medium defending the company’s decision to continue hosting Breitbart’s online store, despite all the hateful and deceptive content the outlet was posting to the era. “Commerce is a powerful and underrated form of expression,” Lütke said in the post, which has since been deleted. As TechCrunch noted, the company has since changed its stance, with the most notable example before today being in 2018 when it banned several far-right organizations, including Proud Boys.

While the company isn’t a household name like Facebook and Twitter, Shopify’s decision to remove Trump-affiliated stores from its platform still matters. Shopify is one of the largest ecommerce platforms in the world. On its website, the company says that between 2016 and 2019, its traders generated $ 319 billion in economic activity around the world.

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