Online providers deliver major ultimatum to white supremacists

Unite the Right rally Charlottesville, VA
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - JULY 08: The Ku Klux Klan protests on July 8, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. The KKK was protesting the planned removal of a statue of General Lee in Charlottesville. (Photo by Chet Strange/Getty Images)

In less than 24 hours, online behemoths, GoDaddy and Google, have issued an ultimatum to a neo-Nazi website: find different web hosting or else.

The threat comes in light of violence that erupted over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white nationalist groups met to protest. The webhosts delivered the ultimatums after the site posted a derogatory article about a woman who was killed in the protests over the weekend.

The New York Times is reporting:

GoDaddy Inc., the web hosting company, severed ties with The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi and white supremacy website, after the site posted an article mocking Heather D. Heyer, the 32-year-old woman who was killed when a man drove into a crowd during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday.

Dan C. Race, a GoDaddy spokesman, said in an email on Monday that his company had given the site 24 hours to find another domain provider. “Given The Daily Stormer’s latest article comes on the immediate heels of a violent act, we believe this type of article could incite additional violence, which violates our terms of service,” he said.

Later on Monday he confirmed that the transfer of the domain had been completed.

The Daily Stormer later transferred its domain name to Google, according to reports and a screenshot of the registration posted on Twitter. Shortly after, Google announced that it, too, would distance itself from The Daily Stormer. “We are canceling Daily Stormer’s registration with Google Domains for violating our terms of service,” it said in a statement.

The article that caught the attention of the hosting company involved calling the victim who died over the weekend “fat and a drain on society who has no value” because she has no children.

Heyer was killed when a vehicle driven by a an alleged neo-Nazi plowed his vehicle into a group of counter protestors.

James Alex Fields, the driver of the vehicle, has been charged with second-degree murder and was described as being obsessed with Hitler.

In a move shocking no one, the website has now moved to the dark web.

[NOTE: This article was written by Michael Cantrell. Follow him on Twitter @MCantrell0928 and on Facebook]


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