The platform launched a new feature on its mobile shopping assistant, Shop, to provide a directory of Asian-owned businesses, like Material, KonMari, and Made In Chinatown. The company said its hopes to increase the visibility of minority-owned businesses and help them reach new customers.
Anti-Asian racism has no place in the world, and acts of violence and xenophobia cannot be tolerated. We stand in solidarity with the Asian community. We must #StopAsianHate. pic.twitter.com/EKuA1hKHGm
— Shopify (@Shopify) March 18, 2021
The recent surge in crimes against Asian-Americans has heightened calls to end violence and inspired the #StopAsianHate movement. According to a report released by Stop AAPI Hate last week, there were 3,795 incidents reported to the center from March 19, 2020 to February 28, 2021. Over 500 incidents were reported since the beginning of this year alone.