As is well known by now, 32 year old Heather Heyer was killed last Saturday when a 20 year old white supremacist by the name of James Fields rammed his car into a crowd of demonstrators protesting against a massive assembly of white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Fields is now facing a charge of second-degree murder, along with other charges. The president has largely shied away from expressly condemning the white supremacists that gathered in Charlottesville — but not everyone has.
The web hosting service GoDaddy has now kicked the neo-Nazi website known as the Daily Stormer off of their platform. The Daily Stormer has often been in the news for peddling virulent white nationalism, and last weekend, they ran an infamous story about the far right’s satisfaction with the president refusing to expressly condemn them.
The post that went over the line for GoDaddy was attacking the victim of Saturday’s car ramming attack, Heather Heyer. Written by Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin, the post claimed of Heyer, “Most people are glad she is dead.”
Late Monday night, GoDaddy revealed on Twitter that they had “informed The Daily Stormer that they have 24 hours to move the domain to another provider.”
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
In an email to The Washington Post, GoDaddy spokesman Dan Race confirmed that his company is kicking the Daily Stormer off its platform.
‘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.’
The neo-Nazis behind the site are no doubt going to claim that their free speech rights are being violated by GoDaddy shutting them down. However, hate speech is not the same as protected hate speech.
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