July 29, 2021

Shopify suspends service to Trump’s online stores after violence on Capitol Hill

The e-commerce services firm, which notably hosted the online store trumpstore.com and Trump’s official campaign store shop.donaldjtrump.com, said in a statement that it acted because it failed to not tolerate actions that incite violence.

Shopify says it has determined that Trump violated its Acceptable Use Policy, which prohibits the promotion or support of organizations, platforms, or people who threaten or condone violence to advance a cause.

Shopify took the trumpstore.com website offline in the wake of the Washington Capitol violence.

Photo: Screenshot from the trumpstore.com website

Shopify’s move to ban Trump comes years after company founder Tobi Lutke wrote about the value of free speech in a now-defunct Medium post. He explained in particular why he allowed the extreme right-wing news channel Breitbart to continue to use his services.

It would be easy to fire the businesses that we don’t like, and to do so would make our life much easier.

A quote from:Toby Dolls

To reject a trade is to censor ideas and interfere with the free trade of products at the heart of trade, he added. The founder of the service also said that if Shopify starts to block voices, he would fall short of his goal of making trading better for everyone and instead administer a platform biased and diminished. Products are a form of speech, and freedom of speech must be fiercely protected, even if we disagree with some of the voices, he had indicated.

Social networks in charge

Shopify’s move comes a day after Trump fans stormed the Capitol and entered spaces and offices manned by officials, most of whom had left the building or were ordered to take shelter in place.

During the events, Trump posted a one-minute video on social media, in which he told those involved in the protest that he loved, but that they had to go home now.

Facebook deleted the video and indefinitely banned the president from the platform on Thursday, while Twitter also deleted it, but only restricted Trump’s access to his service for 12 hours.