GoDaddy, Google ban neo-Nazi site
Action comes after site disparaged Charlottesville victim
An infamous neo-Nazi website has been evicted from its home on the Internet after a violent white nationalist rally drew fresh attention to hate speech in the United States.
The web hosting company GoDaddy, which has been criticized for months for hosting the Daily Stormer, announced late Sunday that “they have 24 hours to move the domain to another provider, as they have violated our terms of service.”
The Daily Stormer’s front page was shortly replaced with a drawing of a dead whale and an error message: “We’re having an outage.”
The site was back online Monday afternoon, with a triumphant post blaming hackers for “a brief disruption.”
Hackers or not, the Stormer also had a new Web host — Google, which promptly announced that it, too, would be kicking the neo-Nazis out.
“We are cancelling Daily Stormer’s registration with Google Domains for violating our terms of service,” a spokesman for the company told the Washington Post on Monday.
The Stormer’s eviction troubles began over the weekend, with a post by founder Andrew Anglin, which disparaged a protester who was killed Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., after someone plowed into a crowd with a car.
The protester, Heather Heyer, was among the hundreds who had turned out to protest the rally being held by white supremacist groups, including neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members. The suspect, James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Ohio, has been charged with one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and another count related to the hit-and-run, police said.
In the Daily Stormer post, Anglin characterized Heyer as dying in a “road age incident.” He said she was a “drain on society” and disparaged her appearance. “Most people are glad she is dead,” he wrote.
Outrage quickly followed.
“@GoDaddy you host the Daily Stormer,” Twitter user Amy Siskind wrote in an appeal to the Web hosting company. “Please retweet if you think this hate should be taken down & banned.”
Siskind’s post was shared more than 5,000 times.
GoDaddy spokesman Dan Race confirmed the company’s decision to boot the Daily Stormer in an email to the Washington Post. He said the article about Heyer violated GoDaddy’s terms of service, Race said.
“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,” Race wrote in the email.
The site moved from GoDaddy to Google on Monday morning, according to Reuters.