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Trump wasn't just kicked off of Shopify, though, following Wednesday's chaotic events, during which thousands of people stormed Washington and many infiltrated the Capitol Building where Senators were counting electoral votes in order to confirm President-elect Joe Biden's election win. “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's statement reads.
President Donald Trump tosses a hat into the crowd as he arrives for a 'Make America Great Again' campaign rally at Williamsport Regional Airport, May 20, 2019, in Montoursville, Pennsylvania. Drew Angered/Getty ImagesZuckerberg's statement continues: “Following the certification of the election results by Congress, the priority for the whole country must now be to ensure that the remaining 13 days and the days after inauguration pass peacefully and in accordance with established democratic norms.” 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 wrote in a statement to TechCrunch.
Drawing a parallel between individual purchases made by consumers and votes, Luke had said that it was not Shopify’s place to interrupt that free expression, even if personally and as an organization, they disagree with the positions of those on the platform. TechCrunch and the Wall Street Journal report that Canadian tech firm Shopify, which handles e-commerce for both Trump's personal brand, TrumpS tore, and his official campaign paraphernalia, has suspended access to both sites.
Currently, if anyone heads to either page, an error appears instead of product listings for the Trump flags and hats that became symbols of not only his loyal legion of supporters but also the recent attack on the U.S. Capitol. 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 wrote in a statement.
According to CNBC, more than $4 million worth of transactions happened on Trump's campaign merch site in March and April 2020 alone. In 2018, Shopify banned right-wing groups affiliated with the Proud Boys and in reaction to the Black Lives Matter movement, the platform donated a portion of sales to civil rights organizations.