GoDaddy and Google each stopped hosting the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer after it published a derogatory story about Heather Heyer, who was killed while protesting against the rally. After briefly reappearing under a Russian domain name, the site was again offline Wednesday after the security company Cloudflare Inc. dropped him as a customer, leaving the site vulnerable to hacking attacks.
But now United States digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation has waded into the argument and criticised web companies for removing neo-Nazi groups from servers and services.
Google and GoDaddy said earlier in the week that they were cancelling the Daily Stormer’s registration with Google Domains as it had violated the terms of service.
It was mostly dormant until August 15 when a post appeared announcing: “Daily Stormer is now available only by Tor Browser”.
Discord: Booted white nationalist groups and users off the app. “No need to help them use our products”. Now, Russia is giving the white supremacists the boot as well.
“The Red Wings believe that Hockey is for everyone and we celebrate the great diversity of our fan base and our nation”.
Burlington appears on the map emblazoned with a swastika, indicating the presence of a neo-Nazi website, the Daily Stormer. Google also cleansed it from its platform, an action it took in less than 24 hours. Brian Chesky defended the move as a way to censure behavior that is “antithetical to the Airbnb Community Commitment”, and said the company will take action in the future to pre-emptively ban users booking lodging for similar events.
On the other hand, however, Kirkendall said he didn’t believe a registrar should be the one making such a decision.
Disavowing and distancing yourself from white supremacy and neo-Nazi individuals and groups isn’t hard.
Internet companies typically take a hands-off approach to offensive content on their networks, erring on the side of maintaining an open internet.
The website “promotes neo-Nazi ideology and fuels racist, nationalist and other types of hatred”, he added in the statement.
Meanwhile, Apple and PayPal, which provide services that enable merchants to accept payments online, disabled support for websites that sold clothing featuring Nazi and white supremacist slogans. That’s because, even when the facts are the most vile, we must remain vigilant when platforms exercise these rights. “The death threats were something I’ve never seen before in my life”, Obeidallah stated. “I won’t be a fig leaf for Nazis”, said Jaquith.
On the payments side, PayPal has been cracking down on white supremacist accounts, and GoFundMe is banning crowdfunding campaigns for the man who alleged plowed his auto into the crowd killing Heyer.
“Let me be frank here and I’ll repeat, this was the right decision for the human race but it was also an existential threat for our company”, Kirkendall wrote. Equating the two runs counter to our ideals as Americans.
“They don’t want to hide, they want to recruit”, said Linda Woolf, a psychology professor at Webster University in Missouri studying hate groups online.
And for every dollar that Apple employees donate to certain human rights groups through the end of September, the company will donate $2.