Shopify "terminates" Trump-affiliated e-stores from platform

Jan 7 2021, 10:07 am

Shopify announced on Thursday that it’s removing all stores affiliated with US President Donald Trump from its platform.

The decision comes one day after a group of violent Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol in Washington, DC, where lawmakers inside were conducting a vote count to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s win on Wednesday afternoon.

There were violent clashes between members of the mob and police, and images have emerged on social media of at least one armed standoff inside the government building.

A spokesperson from Shopify tells Daily Hive that the company “does not tolerate actions that incite violence.”

“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,” reads a statement from the company.

“As a result, we have terminated stores affiliated with President Trump.”

The e-commerce company isn’t the only tech giant to take a stance following Wednesday’s events.

Earlier today, Trump was banned from Facebook and Instagram “indefinitely” because of the risk he poses to incite violence.

Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, posted a statement to his account on Thursday affirming that Trump’s accounts would be blocked “indefinitely,” and at least for the remainder of his presidential term.

“The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden,” Zuckerberg wrote.

With files from Megan Devlin

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