- Shopify takes down Trump’s online merchandise stores.
- After Capitol violence social media temporarily bans Trump.
- Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube also blocked posts by President Trump.
Online retailers for the Trump Organization and also the Trump campaign went dark on Thursday. Shopify became the most recent platform to hold back Donald Trump in response to Wednesday’s coup attempt. Shopify is an Ontario-based e-commerce software package supplier. After the riots, it took the sites down. The company’s trust and safety team made the decision. They held that President Donald Trump’s comments on Wednesday violated its policy. The merchants who violate the policies are prohibited from the platform from promoting or condoning violence.
Trump Provoked the Rioters
According to reports, just hours before the pro-Trump insurgents stormed the Capitol building, Trump provoked his supporters at a close-by rally. He agitated the crowd with his conspiracy theories concerning widespread elector fraud. And urged them to ‘walk down to the Capitol.’
TrumpStore.com or the Trump campaign’s shop.DonaldJTrump.com are down since Thursday. These online stores sold the president’s ill-famed ‘make America great again’ hats among other merchandise. Now they show up on an error page instead.
Shopify’s Policies Against Violence
A Shopify representative confirmed the action through an emailed statement. It reads, “Shopify 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. As a result, we have terminated stores affiliated with President Trump.”
Shopify handed a permanent ban from the platform to other such retailers. The spokesperson also added that if another Trump-affiliated group wishes to sell MAGA hats they’ll need to look elsewhere. Shopify made over $5 billion in Black weekday and Cyber Monday sales this year. It is that the latest platform to take on the president after conditions in D.C. descended into violent chaos.
Social Media Blocking Donald Trump
Facebook and Twitter also removed posts from President Trump and locked his accounts temporarily. It was done to reduce the impact of social media platforms that would add fuel to the riots within the U.S. capital. The companies on Wednesday conjointly restricted alternative posts that they deemed to be inciting violence or undermining the electoral method. It was the strongest action against controversy on the platform. Facebook and YouTube also conjointly took down Mr. Trump’s video entirely on Wednesday afternoon. In addition to that, Facebook removed a secondary post by the President and blocked him for twenty-four hours as well.