Thursday, January 7, 2021

Shopify Hits Trump's Wallet Where it Hurts

While Facebook and Other Social Networks Suspended Trump from their Platforms in the wake of his Support for a Mob that Stormed the U.S. Capitol, on Wednesday, another Tech Firm took a different tack on, Thursday. Shopify Shut Down his Online Merch Stores.

Shopify, the Canada-based Tech Company that makes popular Software Tools to help Merchants Run Online Stores, shut the Trump Organization’s, on Thursday morning, as well as the E-commerce Portion of Trump's Election Website.

“Shopify does not tolerate actions that incite violence,” a Shopify Spokesperson said in a Statement. “Based on recent events, we have determined that the actions by President Donald J. Trump violate our Acceptable Use Policy, which prohibits promotion or support of organizations, platforms or people that threaten or condone violence to further a cause. As a result, we have terminated stores affiliated with President Trump.”

Shopify’s Decision targeting Trump followed those of several other large Internet Companies in the wake of the Trump’s call for Supporters to Rally against Joe Biden’s Election Victory, which devolved into an Insurrection on Capitol Hill. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, all took Steps to Restrict Trump’s Ability to use their Platforms in the last 24 hours, with Mark Zuckerberg, writing, on Thursday, that Facebook and Instagram had Suspended the President’s Accounts until at least Inauguration Day, Ja. 20th, 2021.

“We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” Zuckerberg wrote. “Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.”

It’s unclear whether other E-Commerce Providers, such as Amazon, Etsy, or eBay, will remove any Trump Merchandise or Trump-affiliated Sellers from their Online Marketplaces. On Thursday afternoon, Shirts adorned with the phrase “MAGA Civil War,” which was seen on Apparel worn by some Rioters in DC on Wednesday, were available for Sale on eBay. By Thursday evening, One of the Shirts still appeared in eBay’s Search Results, but the Listing had been Deactivated.

“At eBay, we have a strict policy against hate and discrimination to ensure our platform remains a safe, trusted and inclusive environment for our global community of buyers and sellers,” a Spokesperson said. “While we are not removing politically affiliated merchandise from the site, we will remove any merchandise glorifying the violence incited on Capitol Hill.”

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