Other tech organizations – including Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Spotify, Squarespace and Twitter – have joined Apple in making a move against hate groups in the wake of the Charlottesville tragedy.
Apple reacted by blocking Apple Pay on the sites having a place with racial oppressors and other hate groups, and by a broad email declaring $2M+ donations to groups contradicting Nazis. Different organizations are taking moves towards it.
Bulletin reports that Spotify has expelled supremacist groups from its service after a post distinguishing 27 of them.
Squarespace disclosed to The Verge that it is dropping ‘a group of sites’ believed to belong to hate groups. The organization’s terms and conditions reject sites which promote ‘bigotry or hatred.’ This takes after GoDaddy and Google pulling the domain registration of the neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer.
Facebook and Reddit both forbid neo-Nazi groups, with one especially extraordinary subreddit, r/Physical_Removal, among those removed, reports CNET. Facebook expelled Charlottesville’s Unite the Right event page among others and is likewise removing all connections to a Daily Stormer piece that assaulted Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer – other than those denouncing it.
Engadget reports that Crowdfunding platform GoFundMe has banned various campaigns to raise cash for James Fields, the man blamed for driving a car into protesters, killing one of them. Kickstarter and Indiegogo say they haven’t seen any of these yet are observing.
In his email to workers, Tim Cook criticized the false equivalents drawn amongst Nazis and the individuals who hold contrary views for them.
“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.”
While some may think that hate groups are being denied their First Amendment right to free talk, xkcd pointed to this politely some time prior.