Employees at Shopify have quietly urged the company to cut ties with Breitbart News and stop hosting the right-wing media outlet’s online store, but those concerns have largely fallen on deaf ears at the Canadian startup, BuzzFeed News has learned.
For months, employees have been asking for an updated policy on what types of clients Shopify will work with. The ubiquitous e-commerce platform powers more than 325,000 online stores, including those for the Democratic Party and Donald Trump. Breitbart launched its own official swag shop in October, and multiple sources say the site’s worldview clashes with the tolerant and inclusive workplace Shopify says it wants to foster.
Breitbart’s early embrace of Trump’s presidential candidacy and relentless promotion of his policies have made it one of the most influential conservative media outlets in in the US. Its former chairman, Steve Bannon, is currently serving as chief strategist to President Trump. He has described Breitbart as “the platform for the alt-right,” the online movement of white nationalists who loudly oppose feminism, multiculturalism, and political correctness.