Companies Try to Keep White Supremacists from Getting Money
It will be much harder going forward for white supremacist organizations to plan activities and fundraise, as the pressure mounts on companies to kick out hate groups from their services.
Discover is cutting its ties with sites that are considered hate groups, it announced this week, amidst the increasing pressure on financial services to make sure white supremacist organizations do not use their websites for their funding.
Discover said that it was committed to inclusion and diversity, and the racist and intolerant views by hate organizations are not consistent with company practices or beliefs.
Visa, the largest credit card payments processor in the world stopped processing payments for known hate groups.
Apple Pay said it was ending its support for sites that sell supremacist items as well as Nazi memorabilia and clothing.
A MasterCard spokesperson said the payments processor did not prohibit acceptance of payments for MasterCard brand from merchants based upon disagreement, but since has updated its statement saying it reviewed a list of sites provided by local civic leaders as well as others and decided to shut down use of its cards on those sites that the company believes incite violence.
The moves come after an announcement earlier in the week by PayPal that it would be taking additional measures following the events over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia to ensure that its platform was not used to accept donations or payments related to violence, racial intolerance or hate,
Last month, Gizmodo reported that users were banned on Airbnb from booking reservations on its service for events such as Unite the Right, which is the rally held last weekend in Charlottesville.
GoDaddy, earlier this week removed the Daily Stormer, a website that was neo-Nazi sympathizing, from its domain list for slandering the women who was killed on Saturday at the Charlottesville rally for white nationalists.
Google did the same later to the same site after it had attempted to move there.
On Wednesday, Oakland, California based Color of Change, a non-profit civil rights progressive group formed following Hurricane Katrina praised the changes made by PayPal and continued pressuring more businesses to make their own statement by ending financial services for groups that are known to be white supremacist.
The ban has started to spread beyond just financial companies. Spotify, the app for music streaming is removing tracks that are white power from the platform and Squarespace the builder of websites kicked off a number of white nationalist organizations for the services it offers.