The extremist hate group site “The Daily Stormer” has been given a 24-notice to move its content to a different web host after posting a story critical of a woman killed this weekend during the unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The current web host, GoDaddy, issued a statement via Twitter saying that the Daily Stormer had violated its terms of service.
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
The article in question uses graphic language to ridicule Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old woman who was killed on Saturday while taking part in a counter-demonstration to the “Unite the Right” rally being held near the University of Virginia campus.
In an email sent to several media outlets, a GoDaddy spokesman said “Given this 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.”
The article was brought to the attention of GoDaddy after being tweeted by Amy Siskind, whose Twitter profile describes her as “President and Co-Founder of The New Agenda. Advocate for women’s, LGBTQ rights, equality. Woman behind the Weekly List.”
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) August 14, 2017
This is not the first time domain host GoDaddy has encountered calls to remove hate sites like the Daily Stormer. Previously, they have refused to censor such websites, citing their content as protected speech under the First Amendment.
The Daily Stormer was started in 2013 by founder Andrew Anglin, who wrote the article in question over Ms. Heyer. It regularly produces meme-based hate propaganda and had been lobbying in support of the “Unite the Right” rally in the months leading up to last weekend.
The man who has been detained by police and accused of killing Heyer and injuring many others is James Alex Fields Jr., a 20-year-old man who had previously served in the U.S. Army for around four months before being discharged “due to a failure to meet training standards,” according to CBS news.
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