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The Tor Project won't censor the Daily Stormer-here's why

The Tor Project won't censor the Daily Stormer-here's why”

Cloudflare's service involves handling web users' requests to view a site and filtering out those that appear to be coming from systems set up to overload the site.

However, the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation has criticized the firms for violating free speech and said the companies' moves could backfire. The digital rights organization said that effectively censoring The Daily Stormer could make it easier for companies to do the same with other, less obviously repugnant sites in the future, which could undermine the internet's ability to serve as a haven of free speech.

"The internet has already captured the imagination of people with a message, including purveyors of hate, racists and anti-Semites", the UN's special rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance wrote in 1997.

Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince seems to agree, despite making the decision to suspend the Daily Stormer's account. "But over the years, economies of scale have led sites and services to pile into just a few infrastructure providers like Cloudflare, leaving large portions of the internet vulnerable at multiple levels".

AppleApple CEO Tim Cook wrote a note to all of the tech giant's employees, stating in part: "We must not witness or permit such hate and bigotry in our country, and we must be unequivocal about it. It's a disgrace that we still need to say that neo-Nazis and white supremacists are wrong - as if this is somehow not obvious". In the Civil Rights Era, cases that formed the basis of today's protections of freedom of speech, the NAACP's voice was the one attacked, " the group went on. In our opinion, it's time even more tech companies took a stand to distinguish hate speech from free speech.

What's acceptable censorship, if any?

In addition, on Wednesday, Apple said it would pull support for Apple Pay to a number of websites that sell "White Pride" apparel, and PayPal ceased its services to VDARE, a white nationalist group. Or Spotify's removal of "hate" songs?

"Rather than reining in social media behemoths, the law risks reinforcing their role as online gatekeepers", argued researchers with the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin.

Twitter and Facebook have contributed to the rise of the divisive political climate, from their role in helping people spread fake news during the presidential election to the use of Twitter as a megaphone by President Trump.

"Tiki Brand is not associated in any way with the events that took place in Charlottesville and are deeply saddened and disappointed", the brand said in a statement on Monday. Facebook and Twitter will continue to face hard censorship issues long after Charlottesville.

Although many people are happy to see the site go offline, the decision is not without outcome.

"As stalwart supporters of the Constitution's First Amendment, we believe that hosting providers should not be in the business of dictating acceptable content among its users", a DreamHost spokesman told CNN Tech.

The banishments come in the wake of the deadly clash at a white-nationalist rally last weekend in Virginia. "Don't click on any links they give".



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