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Shopify bans extremist-friendly “free-speech” social network used by Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect

Ottawa e-commerce giant Shopify has banned Gab, a controversial and extremist-friendly social media network, after it was found that the suspect in this weekend’s Pittsburgh synagogue mass shooting frequently promoted and posted anti-Semitic content on the platform.

Gab, which bills itself as a “free-speech” alternative to sites like Twitter and Facebook, posted an email it said it received from Shopify in which the platform said it “will no longer host your store … on our platform and your account will be terminated.”

Shopify did not reply to multiple requests for comment. A Shopify employee, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, confirmed that Gab’s account has been disabled, and will be terminated in five days.

Earlier this month, The Logic reported that a number of e-commerce companies—including Shopify—are used by hate groups as designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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