Apple today joined a handful of other companies to take a firm stand against white nationalists and hate groups. The company has disabled Apple Pay support for a bunch of websites run by a group of white nationalists and were selling apparel and paraphernalia.
Apple has so far banned Apple Pay on three nationalist sites. It has, however, not issued any official statement on its decision. When contacted by BuzzFeed, the company just pointed to its Apple Pay policy.
Apple removed Apple Pay capabilities from little-known sites, including americanvikings.com and vinlandclothing.com, the latter of which sells apparel with Nazi logos. Apple Pay’s “acceptable use guidelines” state that users may not incorporate its payment service into a site that “promotes hate, violence, or intolerance based on race, age, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.”
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook had tweeted about the terror of white supremacy and racism on Monday:
We’ve seen the terror of white supremacy & racist violence before. It's a moral issue – an affront to America. We must all stand against it
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) August 14, 2017
Apart from Apple, Uber, Facebook, Twitter, MailChimp, GoDaddy, and Google have also taken action against white supremacist blogs and people.
Apple’s move has also put more pressure on credit card companies to ban such websites.
Like Apple, PayPal has also banned many white supremacists websites from its platform. PayPal has so far been the primary platform for such websites to receive money from their supporters.
Update: Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has sent out an email to all employees of the company discussing the tragedy that occurred in Charlottesville this last weekend. Cook expresses his disagreement with President Trump’s views. He further says that Apple will be donating $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. It will also be matching two-for-one employee donations to these and other human rights groups.
The full email from Apple’s CEO Tim Cook can be found below:
[Via BuzzFeed, 9to5Mac]
Like so many of you, equality is at the core of my beliefs and values. The events of the past several days have been deeply troubling for me, and I’ve heard from many people at Apple who are saddened, outraged, or confused.
What occurred in Charlottesville has no place in our country. Hate is a cancer, and left unchecked it destroys everything in its path. Its scars last generations. History has taught us this time and time again, both in the United States and countries around the world.
We must not witness or permit such hate and bigotry in our country, and we must be unequivocal about it. This is not about the left or the right, conservative or liberal. It is about human decency and morality. I disagree with the president and others who believe that there is a moral equivalence between white supremacists and Nazis, and those who oppose them by standing up for human rights. Equating the two runs counter to our ideals as Americans.
Regardless of your political views, we must all stand together on this one point — that we are all equal. As a company, through our actions, our products and our voice, we will always work to ensure that everyone is treated equally and with respect.
I believe Apple has led by example, and we’re going to keep doing that. We have always welcomed people from every walk of life to our stores around the world and showed them Apple is inclusive of everyone. We empower people to share their views and express themselves through our products.
In the wake of the tragic and repulsive events in Charlottesville, we are stepping up to help organizations who work to rid our country of hate. Apple will be making contributions of $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. We will also match two-for-one our employees’ donations to these and several other human rights groups, between now and September 30.
In the coming days, iTunes will offer users an easy way to join us in directly supporting the work of the SPLC.
Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” So, we will continue to speak up. These have been dark days, but I remain as optimistic as ever that the future is bright. Apple can and will play an important role in bringing about positive change.