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Shopify removed accounts associated with President Trump


  • Shopify removed stores affiliated with President Donald Trump, including shop.donaldjtrump.com and trumpstore.com, following a siege at the US Capitol building. 
  • Rioters wearing “Make America Great Again” hats and waving Trump 2020 flags sieged the Capitol building to stop Congress from confirming President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.
  • “Based on recent events, we have determined that the actions by President Donald J. Trump violate our Acceptable Use Policy,” a Shopify spokesperson said in a statement to Insider. 
  • Shopify follows other tech companies, like Twitter and Facebook, in suspending Trump’s online accounts.
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Shopify removed stores affiliated with President Trump, the company announced on Thursday.

Shopify’s decision follows a siege of the US Capitol building yesterday, where pro-Trump rioters shattered windows and destroyed property. The mob aimed to stop Congress from counting electoral votes in the 2020 election and certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Four people died during the attack, including a woman shot by a US Capitol police officer.

Photos of rioters showed them wearing “Make America Great Again” hats and waving Trump 2020 flags.

“Shopify does not tolerate actions that incite violence,” a Shopify spokesperson said in a statement to Insider. “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.”

Sites like shop.donaldjtrump.com and trumpstore.com can no longer be accessed. 

The e-commerce company’s move follows other tech platforms that suspended Trump-affiliated accounts. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday morning Trump would be locked out of his account “indefinitely and at least for two weeks,” or until the end of his term as president. 

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Twitter removed a video Trump posted calling rioters “very special” and baselessly disputing the results of the 2020 general election. The platform suspended his account for 12 hours and removed two other tweets Trump posted during the raid. 

YouTube removed Trump’s video as well, and Snapchat suspended the president’s account. 

Many critics demanded tech platforms like Twitter suspend the president’s account for his role in inciting violence and sharing false claims about the election. Facebook’s ex-security chief called on the platform to “cut off” Trump.

Data analysts said the pro-Trump mob planned the Capitol attack on social media, including Twitter, Facebook, and right-wing favorite Parler.



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