PayPal and Shopify remove Trump-related accounts

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Shopify has removed stores associated with President Donald Trump, saying he violated its rules prohibiting the support of violence.

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Online commerce and payment services have stopped the flow of money to Trump-related accounts in light of Wednesday’s insurrection at the US Capitol. Software maker Shopify removed stores affiliated with President Donald Trump from its platform, and payment processor PayPal shut down an account raising funds for Trump supporters who traveled to Washington, D.C.

The moves come the day after a mob of Trump supporters took over the US Capitol, forcing an evacuation of the building before lawmakers could finish certifying electoral votes from the 2020 presidential election, won by Joe Biden.

Shopify said the Trump stores, affiliated with the Trump campaign and Trump Organization, violated its policies prohibiting users from promoting or supporting organizations that foment violence, the company said in a statement Thursday.

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

The Trump campaign didn’t respond to a request for comment. The Trump Organization’s press email address appeared to be defunct, returning an error message in response to a request for comment.

PayPal said the group raising money for Trump supporters, called Joy In Liberty, also violated its rules. “PayPal carefully reviews accounts to ensure our services are used in line with our long-standing policy,” the company said. “We do not allow PayPal services to be used to promote hate, violence or other forms of intolerance.”

The group’s website features a form for “patriots” to request funds, and another where supporters can donate to “help patriots fulfill their dreams.” The website also lists testimonials from people who used funds raised by Joy In Liberty to pay for travel to D.C.

Joy In Liberty didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Facing criticism for spreading Trump’s messages supporting the insurrection, social networks also removed content related to the president. Facebook first temporarily froze Trump’s account, and then announced Thursday it had blocked Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely. Twitter suspended Trump’s account and demanded the deletion of three tweets it said violated its rules. Snapchat also locked Trump’s account.

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