A few weeks ago, following the Capitol riot on January 6th, Shopify kicked out from its platform RageOn, a Cleveland-based firm, which allows customers to sell and/or make “photo-realistic clothing”.
Shopify claimed that the company violates its terms of service by selling “hateful” clothing items printed with Nazi , Proud Boys (a terrorist organization in Canada founded by Gavin McInnes) and Qanon imagery.
RageOn also sells a ton of cat related material on its website, geek gear like sweaters, mug and t-shirts, and launched a civil suit against Shopify’s decision to kick them off the platform. The civil lawsuit seeks an injunction to force Shopify restore their online store/support system, arguing that they will basically go bankrupt if not given access to the platform.
Shopify ended its relationship with RageOn on February 17th (unilaterally) after they warned the latter about its “hateful content associated with terrorist organizations” thing.
Ontario Superior Court Justice Peter Cavanagh last Tuesday denied RageOn’s injunction request, ruling that the firm can seek e-commerce support from companies other than Shopify.
The evidence discloses that despite repeated warnings, RageOn failed to remove content from its site which violated prohibitions in the AUP (acceptable use policy)” said the judge.
Shopify also banned stores affiliated with President Trump from its platform earlier this year, and the latest lawsuit will test the company’s ability to enforce terms of service that ban merchants from selling goods that promote “hate”, terrorism or violence.
RageOn employs 25 people.
RageOn is with Shopify since 2013, and sells customer-generated clothing designs in an online marketplace, having more than 1 million clients. The company’s boss said he doesn’t have any connection to right-wing extremist groups, doesn’t support their aims and doesn’t want to sell their goods. “I don’t even know what half this stuff is,” he insisted.