Apple Removes Payments Support for White Nationalist Merchants

While Apple Pay, Apple’s biometrically-secured digital payment service, has expanded in all directions – geographically, technologically, and commercially – Apple has at last found limits to that growth with its quiet removal of Apple Pay support from three white nationalist websites.Apple Removes Payments Support for White Nationalist Merchants

The websites, two of which are still operational, had sold paraphernalia like shirts featuring the slogan “White Pride”, with support for users who prefer Apple Pay. Apple removed its support for the sites without issuing a specific statement about the matter, but has reportedly cited Apple Pay’s terms of use in explaining the move; the conditions prohibit support for products and services promoting “hate, violence, or intolerance based on race, age, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook has also posted tweets opposing white supremacy and racist violence in the wake of this month’s violent and fatal clashes in Charlottesville.

PayPal has also reportedly blocked its support for racist websites over the past several months, with the digital payments movement being part of a larger business sector protest against white nationalism.

Sources: The Verge, BuzzFeed News, 9to5Mac, CBC News