Entrepreneurs across the nation are among those standing up against intolerance in the wake of a mass shooting at a synagogue that left 11 people dead in Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Businesses including Stripe, GoDaddy, and PayPal have cut ties with Gab, the social media platform used by the alleged shooter Robert Bowers to spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. The website went offline Monday morning, and it's unclear if or when it will be back up. Meanwhile, founders and CEOs are urging the public to work together to reject intolerance and foster unity.
"Our hearts are with the Tree of Life community, first responders, and the families of those tragically lost in Pittsburgh today," Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted on Saturday. "We must reject intolerance and hate if we are ever to find peace in our world."
Luis von Ahn, co-founder and CEO of language learning app Duolingo, which is based in Pittsburgh, said the shooting occurred six blocks away from his house. "At a time like this, I'd like to think the best thing we can do is to come together as a city and as a country and reject all forms of hatred," he tweeted.
"Part of my message to Duolingo employees: We should continue doing everything we can to support dialogue and inclusion, and to bring the world closer together," he added. "This was not just an attack against the synagogue and the Jewish community, but also against everything we stand for."
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg also issued a statement in the aftermath of the tragedy calling for gun reform. "We cannot let elected officials get away with offering empty words every time another tragic shooting occurs," his statement reads. "We need to demand that they take action. And if they do not, we need to replace them with leaders who will."
A crowdfunding campaign set up to help pay for the shooting victims' funeral expenses and medical bills has raised more than $118,000 since Saturday. Tarek El-Messidi, the founder of nonprofit Celebrate Mercy, launched the campaign. In a tweet linking to the campaign, he said: "Muslims, let's stand with our Jewish cousins against hate, bigotry, & violence."