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Neo-Nazi Website Daily Stormer Moves to Dark Web After GoDaddy, Google Ousting

Neo-Nazi Website Daily Stormer Moves to Dark Web After GoDaddy, Google Ousting”

Twitter appears to have suspended an account for the Daily Stormer, joining Facebook, Google and other tech giants taking aim at the neo-Nazi website after it essentially glorified the violent efforts by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va.

Internet companies have increasingly found themselves in the crosshairs over hate speech and other volatile social issues, with politicians and others calling on them to do more to police their networks while civil libertarians worry about the firms suppressing free speech.

A look at Web domain data for DailyStormer.com shows that it was registered through Google, in records that were updated on Monday.

By Wednesday, Daily Stormer had moved to a Russia-based internet domain, with an address ending in.ru.

Heyer, a legal assistant who had championed civil rights issues, was killed on Saturday when a auto plowed into a crowd of protesters who had assembled to challenge a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.

Cloudflare, which protects some 6 million websites from hacking and other such attacks, on Wednesday dropped coverage of the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, after it mocked the victim of Charlottesville auto attack.

The banned site took part in organizing the neo-Nazi gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia, that led to the murder of 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

"We have no confirmation that "Anonymous" is involved yet", it wrote on Twitter.

The site, which calls itself "The World's Most Genocidal Republican Website", was forced into the "dark web". After it was expelled by GoDaddy, the publication sought refuge via Google, which responded by canceling the site's registration and removed its YouTube channel. As GoDaddy exiled The Daily Stormer, Cloudflare faced increasing pressure to do so as well.

An Ohio native launched the The Daily Stormer in 2013, naming the site after Der Stürmer, a Nazi propaganda tabloid founded in the 1923. Far more consequential to its continued existence is its server host - and that's where things get really complicated. It isn't a stretch of the imagination that this is why Stormer chose the host.

In February of this year, the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, identified The Daily Stormer as the "top hate site in America." A man drove a auto into a crowd of white nationalists rallying in Charlottesville, Virginia.

But Cloudflare isn't exactly the Daily Stormer's hosting provider. Historically, companies that provide infrastructure defense, hosting, and domain maintenance around the web dissociate themselves from the content on any given site.

He added: "All we ever wanted to do was have an open conversation". Soon, however Google, having inspected the site, considered that it violates the Corporation's rules for the use of its services, and revoked the registration.

In a statement provided to Business Insider, the company said it was "aware" that concerns had been raised about some of the sites it supports and that it considers the content on some of those sites to be "repugnant".

The.ru domain in the URL isn't exactly proof that the website is now hosted in Russian Federation, because anyone can register a.ru domain. Furthermore, the account suggested the post may have been a Daily Stormer stunt.

Tech Crunch also reports that accounts like @shaunking of the NY Daily News embraced the cause resulting in one of the participants being fired by his employer.

Prince made clear that he found the website's content "vile".

LinkedIn, a unit of Microsoft, suspended a page devoted to Daily Stormer and another page belonging to a man associated with the site, Andrew Auernheimer.

Daily Stormer published articles that promoted white supremacy, attacked Jewish people, denied climate change, and slammed asylum seekers. This is a technique to which members of the alt-right continued to adhere in the wake of the Charlottesville rally and attack.



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