Stripe bans payments to Trump campaign

Payment processing business Stripe has banned all donations to the Trump campaign in response to violence that took place in Capitol Hill last week.

Last Wednesday pro-trump rioters stormed the Capitol building in Washington, resulting in the deaths of at least five people.

Millions of businesses use Stripe’s software and APIs to accept payments, send payouts, and manage their businesses online.

On its website Stripe lists a number of “high risk” business types restricted from using its payment service, including any company that "engages in, encourages, promotes or celebrates unlawful violence or physical harm to persons or property.”

Trump's campaign paid Stripe more than $1.8 million in the 2020 election cycle, CNN reported earlier today.

This isn’t the first time Stripe has banned an organisation for inciting violence.

In 2018, when a gunman murdered 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Stripe banned right-wing social media website Gab.com from using its service because the alleged shooter had posted antisemitic messages there, said The Washington Post.

Shopify has also taken down online stores associated with the outgoing president, including his campaign’s merchandise site.

As well as this, Trump is now banned from a multitude of social media platforms and websites, including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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