GoDaddy and Google take stand against far-right website
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Google has cancelled the site registration of The Daily Stormer, a Neo-Nazi news website, almost immediately after it was forced by GoDaddy to change server for violating its terms of service.
The Daily Stormer, an explicitly fascist news site, takes its name from Der Stürme, the antisemitic tabloid newspaper published in Germany from 1923 to 1945.
The website - which associates with the “alt-right” movement - frequently posts provocative articles supporting white supremacy and attacking social justice campaigns. While the website has long attracted criticism, anger towards the website reached a peak following the death of a counter protestor, Heather Heyer, at the hands of a driver at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The attacker is alleged to have held white supremacist views.
The Daily Stormer had played a significant role in promoting the rally.
GoDaddy, a major American web hosting company, announced on Twitter on the day following the attack that it had given The Daily Stormer 24 hours to relocate, as it had violated its terms of service. GoDaddy does not allow its service to be used in a manner which “promotes, encourages or engages in terrorism, violence against people, animals or property.”
Its announcement followed the publication of a The Daily Stormer article demeaning the victim, titled “Heather Heyer: Woman killed in Road Rage Incident was a Fat, Childless, 32-Year Old Slut”.
“Despite feigned outrage by the media, most people are glad she is dead, as she is the definition of uselessness,” Andrew Anglin, The Daily Stormer’s editor, wrote. “A 32-year-old woman without children is a burden on society and has no value.”
Anglin attacked Heyer’s weight, described her as a “child murderer” – suggesting that by the age of 32, she was likely to have underwent abortions – and claimed that she desired the “abolition of the white race”, despite offering no supporting evidence for his accusations.
Immediately after The Daily Stormer relocated from GoDaddy to Google, Google announced that the website would be shut down, having violated its terms of service.
The Charlottesville rally saw hundreds of far-right protestors march on Emancipation Park to protest the removal of a statue of a prominent Confederate figure, Robert E. Lee. Protestors reportedly performed Nazi salutes and chanted “blood and soil”.
The rally descended into violence, with fighting between protestors and counter protestors culminating in a 20-year-old male protestor driving a car into a crowd, killing one and injuring 19.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has described this as an act of domestic terrorism.
President Trump’s failure to condemn the explicit white supremacy of the rally and the attack on counter protestors has attracted criticism, including from prominent figures in the Republican Party.
In response to his silence, the CEOs of Merck, Intel and sportswear manufacturer Under Armour have resigned from the President’s American Manufacturing Council.
Following the attack, the anarchic hacking group Anonymous announced that it would fight “domestic terrorism and the alt-right in the wake of the attacks”, and targeted several Neo-Nazi websites, allegedly “outing” white supremacists and members of the Ku Klux Klan.
Meanwhile, Discord, a chat service popular among gamers, has announced that it has begun to shut down accounts on its service associated with white supremacists.
“We will continue to take action against Nazi ideology and all forms of hate,” Discord announced in a tweet.