Shopify, an Ottawa-based e-commerce company, runs the online store for the Proud Boys, a far-right men’s organization. The group openly advocates for the subjugation of women and it’s said that the group’s initiation rites include committing physical violence against people with opposing political views.
Shopify also runs the store for Generations, another hate group. The head of Generations advocates for the execution of gay people. The organization also offers “educational” materials for sale that include homophobic literature and books that decry feminism, abortion and transgender rights.
This week, public pressure forced Shopify to ban social networking site Gab from using its service after it was revealed that the suspect in last weekend's devastating Pittsburgh synagogue shooting was a regular user on the site who frequently promoted and posted anti-Semitic content there. And just yesterday, both Facebook and Instagram terminated their relationships with The Proud Boys.
Right now, Shopify is incredibly vulnerable to public pressure -- and together we can force it to end its relationship with these hate groups once and for all.
Sign the petition now to Shopify: end your relationship with hate groups Proud Boys and Generations.
Extremist hate groups like Proud Boys and Generations are using Shopify to sell their products and spread their messages of violence. This generates income these groups need to keep spreading their hateful message.
By giving these extremist groups a platform, Shopify is indirectly profiting off of this hate. The devastating events in Pittsburgh and Kentucky this past week are proof of the dangerously slippery slope that companies like Shopify operate in when they refuse to stop working with hate groups, directly violating their own policies.
But we can force Shopify to act. You and 200,000 SumOfUs members are the reason that Shopify amended its terms of service last year to be able to deny service to “offensive, threatening, libellous, defamatory, pornographic, obscene, or otherwise objectionable” content. Together, we can hold Shopify accountable to its new commitments.
Shopify needs to feel that pressure again to end its offensive relationship with these hate groups. It’s a slippery slope to do business with groups that openly advocate for hate crimes, but if enough of us speak out now we can force Shopify to act.
We won before, and we need your help again. Can you tell Shopify to end its relationship with hate groups now?