GoDaddy, one of the largest internet domain name companies, has officially banned the leading white supremacist website The Daily Stormer from using its services after the website posted an article celebrating the death of Charlottesville attack victim Heather Heyer.
Heyer was killed after a man with reported alt-right ties drove into a crowd of pedestrians protesting the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville Saturday. The suspected driver, James Alex Fields, 20, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
The Daily Stormer, which the Southern Poverty Law Center labels The Daily Stormer a site dedicated to “spreading anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism, and white nationalism,” published a story calling the 32-year-old a “fat s**t” who was a “burden on society” with “no value” in a story sparking nationwide controversy.
“Heather Heyer: Woman Killed in Road Rage Incident, was a Fat, Childless, 32-Year-Old Slut,” the headline reads.
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) August 14, 2017
GoDaddy reported that they gave the website 24 hours to move their content to a new domain name because their content violates their terms of service that bans “morally offensive activity.”
“We informed The Daily Stormer that they have 24 hours to move the domain to another provider, as they have violated our terms of service,” GoDaddy tweeted.
We informed The Daily Stormer that they have 24 hours to move the domain to another provider, as they have violated our terms of service.
— GoDaddy (@GoDaddy) August 14, 2017
Trump, who told reporters that “many sides” were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville, was praised by The Daily Stormer site for not directly condemning the White Supremacist movement.
“He didn’t attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us,” wrote Andrew Anglin, the website’s founder.
“No condemnation at all,” Anglin added. “When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room. Really, really good. God bless him.”
In case you're wondering if President Trump inspires neo-nazis–this is from their publication The Daily Stormer: pic.twitter.com/cT4OZv7VMP
— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) August 12, 2017
Dan Race, a spokesman for GoDaddy, told The Washington Post that because The Daily Stormer’s post comes “on the immediate heels of a violent act,” the company decided to kick the website off their platform because they believe it could incite additional violence.
The Hill adds:
Following GoDaddy telling The Daily Stormer that it will have to remove its contact from its platform, the website appears to have been taken over by the hacker group Anonymous “in the name of Heather Heyer a victim of white supremacist terrorism.”