Shopify Kicks Donald Trump Stores Off Its Platform

Shopify Kicks Donald Trump Stores Off Its Platform

Shopify recently took down shops connected to Trump campaign paraphernalia and president Trump’s personal brand after controversial protests took place in Washington D.C. 

“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,” a Shopify spokesperson said in a written statement sent to TechCrunch. “As a result, we have terminated stores affiliated with President Trump.”

The Wall Street Journal first reported this move, which marked a significant change for the company. In a prior occasion, the company defended individuals’ rights to use the platform and separated itself from other companies that engaged in acts of censorship. CEO Tobias Lütke uniquely positioned Shopify as a pro-free speech company and wrote a letter in 2017 (that is currently deleted) in which he stated that

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