Shopify defends decision to keep hosting Breitbart stores

Shopify CEO says he received over 10,000 messages asking his Ottawa-based company to stop hosting right-wing site's online store


TORONTO – Shopify’s CEO is defending the e-commerce company’s decision to keep hosting an online store for the controversial right-wing U.S. media organization Breitbart News.

Tobi Lutke posted a statement online Wednesday that says he has received more than 10,000 messages asking the Ottawa-based company to stop hosting Breitbart’s online store.

But Lutke says that to do so would be an act of censorship and would interfere with the free exchange of goods that is at the heart of commerce.

Lutke argues that products are a form of speech and that it’s important to defend free speech, even if the company doesn’t agree with some of the voices.

Critics have accused Breitbart News of propagating hate speech such as racism and misogyny.