GoDaddy expels neo-Nazi site over article on Charlottesville victim

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The Daily Stormer disparaged Heather Heyer after her death

A notorious US neo-Nazi website has been forced to switch web hosts after it disparaged a woman who died during protests in Virginia.

On Monday morning, the Daily Stormer was given 24 hours to move by GoDaddy.

Domain name databases now list Google as the site’s new host, although the search giant has not yet commented.

Heather Heyer was killed on Saturday after a car rammed into a crowd protesting a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.

Previous host GoDaddy had faced calls to remove the white supremacist site.

In giving the Daily Stormer 24 hours’ notice, GoDaddy said the site 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 said in a statement on Twitter.

Previously, some web users had called on GoDaddy to remove the site – including women’s rights campaigner Amy Siskind.

Violence broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia, after white supremacists organised a controversial far-right march called “Unite the Right”.

Since the announcement, a blog post has appeared on the Daily Stormer, claiming the site has been hacked by Anonymous.

However, the main Twitter feed for Anonymous has said it has no confirmation that the hacker group is involved.

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Web hosting giant GoDaddy has given the Daily Stormer 24 hours to move

“Social media sites and those hosting content are very alive to public pressure and perception,” said Niri Shan, a media lawyer at Taylor Wessing.

“Now you’ve got politicians saying they’ll intervene and legislate if they don’t take more actions on the content on their sites, so I think this is part of a bigger picture.”

Although freedom of speech was important, private firms had a responsibility to crack down on content that could spread “extremist ideologies”, said Bharath Ganesh at the Oxford Internet Institute.

“I’m pleased GoDaddy did what they did but I’m a little disappointed they did it after public pressure, I would have liked them to have been more proactive,” he told the BBC.

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