Apple is taking a stand against sites that sell products from white nationalists.
It started on Wednesday when Apple confirmed that it did cut off support for several sites selling sweaters with Nazi logos or t-shirts with “white pride” phrase.
After the demonstrations on Saturday, the MacBook-maker blocked white nationalist sites from using its payment system — Apple Pay.
Apple Pay forbids any incorporation to sites that promote hate, violence, and intolerance. Recently, the company’s CEO sent an email to his employees stating that he disagreed with the US President.
He also announced that he’s donating a significant amount of money to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League.
This decision is a way for Apple to distance itself after tech companies faced scrutiny for allowing sites and social media accounts of white nationalist organizations. But Apple isn’t the only one to stay away from sites like these.
GoDaddy and Google removed a white supremacist blog called The Daily Stormer as it posted the events in Charlottesville.
Apart from Apple, Google and GoDaddy, other tech companies, like Uber, Twitter, MailChimp, and Facebook, took action against these organizations. Recently, Airbnb banned individuals who might be tied to these groups and wanted to use the site to book lodging.
Then, CEOs and other leaders quit from the president’s manufacturing council because Trump didn’t condemn the violence of the racist groups that happened over the weekend. After several members of the board resigned, Trump immediately disbanded the major business councils.
What sites were affected?
The sites aren’t popular. vinlandclothing.com is one of the sites that sells apparel with the logos of Nazi.
The leader of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project lauded the company’s actions. This action is almost the same as how Apple removed songs from its iTunes that promote hate music in 2014.
According to the group, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, is a leader in fighting against hate speech on tech platforms.
The owner of americanvikings.com, Brien James, stated that he’s a pro-white, but he wasn’t aware that his business had Apple Pay as a payment option.
His site has been in existence for six years and is selling white pride t-shirts and bumper stickers that promote white supremacist. However, James isn’t too worried about the decision of Apple because his site is just a hobby.
Spotify, too, is taking action against white supremacist by deleting songs associated with the organization.
On Monday, Digital Music News alerted Spotify that it found 37 white supremacist bands on the platform. The company was glad that the organization informed it to this content and immediately removed the songs of the bands identified. Spotify also stated that it doesn’t tolerate materials that favor hatred or incite violence against sexuality, race, religion and the like.
The music catalog of the platform comes from hundreds to thousands of record companies, not just in the US, but also around the world. It added that it’s the job of the music providers to review their content. However, if listeners would see problems, Spotify would step in.