Apple is taking a stand against white supremacists in the USA by pulling Apple Pay functionality on sites selling white nationalist and Nazi branded merchandise.
According to Buzzfeed News, Apple has disabled its payment service on several sites that contravene its “acceptable use guidelines”.
Apple Pay is a service that allows iPhone, iPad and iPod owners to pay for things using their devices. It’s been widely embraced in the USA.
Buzzfeed News adds that Apple Pay’s guidelines forbids its incorporation into sites that “promotes hate, violence, or intolerance based on race, age, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.”
The sites in the spotlight sell merchandise emblazoned with phrases like “White Pride”, as well as Nazi logos. Sickeningly, one even sells a bumper sticker showing a car ploughing into people, a distasteful reference to this past weekend’s incident in Charlottesville, USA.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has arguably been the tech industry’s most outspoken opponent of the recent outbursts of racism and white nationalism in the States. Various other companies have also taken a stand, with the industry essentially unable to turn a blind eye to the hate spread through it.
According to The Verge, PayPal and Stripe, the world’s biggest online payment processors, are following suit.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has also pledged to crack down on white supremacy on his own platform, saying that all “threats of physical harm” will be taken down.
“We won't always be perfect, but you have my commitment that we'll keep working to make Facebook a place where everyone can feel safe,” he says in a Facebook post. “It's a disgrace that we still need to say that neo-Nazis and white supremacists are wrong — as if this is somehow not obvious.”