Published: Fri, August 18, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Online security firm yanks protections for neo-Nazi site

Online security firm yanks protections for neo-Nazi site

Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old legal assistant, was among those killed after a man drove his vehicle directly into a crowd of counter-protesters.

In the complaint, Obeidallah notes that through his attorneys he attempted to contact the Daily Stormer and its editor-in-chief Andrew Anglin, and asked that the article be removed.

Cloudflare - another company that manages domain names and offers hacking protection - has ended The Daily Stormer's patronage, leaving it vulnerable to distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. The company says it's "urgently reviewing" other possible offenders as well.

To be fair, tech companies historically not want to be put in a position of acting as government or lobby group censors, but it appears that Charlottesville, Virginia changed their mind.

The moves come as corporations scramble to distance themselves from the perception that they condone white supremacists, at least partly motivated by fear of tarnishing their brands. Spotify is removing music made by artists considered "hate bands" by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Dillon Hopper, the "commander" of the neo-Nazi group that may be connected with the banned page, is a former U.S. Marine. He added that Apple will soon offer users a way to contribute to the SPLC via iTunes soon.

Daily Stormer has been accessible only intermittently the past few days after domain providers GoDaddy and Google Domains, a unit of Alphabet, said they would not serve the website.

Daily Stormer's Andrew Anglin reported Cloudflare's decision to drop the site in a post on the social media site Gab.

Prince says he made the unprecedented call as he considers those behind The Daily Stormer to be "assholes", and also because while The Daily Stormer "was bragging on their bulletin boards about how Cloudflare was one of them" (something which "is the opposite of everything we believe", said Prince), it prevented Cloudflare from being able to meaningfully enter the conversation about who should police what content, and when.

He underlined how one of Cloudflare's policies is to remain content neutral, and the team will have a "long debate internally" on whether to remove this following his actions. "This includes organizations that advocate racist views, such as the KKK, white supremacist groups or Nazi groups".

Those companies have followed the lead of Airbnb, which was more proactive than reactive as late last week, the company cancelled accounts of users tied to the "Unite the Right" march access to its online accommodation and room-sharing service.

Many who sought to participate in the rally, which never took place, were met by counterprotesters.

White supremacists aren't just being blocked from posting on the internet.

The list is expanding quickly, with more corporate leaders choosing to take a stand every day.

The site of fans of video games Discord has also closed several accounts which were used, clearly, to propagate ideas of nationalism and violent.

"Those campaigns did not raise any money and they were immediately removed", Bobby Whithorne, director of strategic communications at GoFundMe, told Reuters.

This chat application was a favorite of white supremacists before Charlottesville.

Reddit has banned numerous hate groups after the attack and the subreddit /r/Physical_Removal which openly called for the return of segregation and murder of liberals.

Having his company embraced by white supremacists pushed him to his decision, he told Gizmodo.

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