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16 Aug 2017

Google, GoDaddy dump US neo-Nazi website, Daily Stormer

Google, GoDaddy will no longer host Daily Stormer

After disparaging Heather Heyer, who was killed while protesting at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia US neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer was forced to switch its domain name providers twice.

It was initially registered with GoDaddy, which ousted the site for its stance after giving it 24 hours to move and now Google has followed suit.

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Google, GoDaddy will no longer host Daily Stormer
No space for hatemongers

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No space for hatemongers

Domain name providers let websites pick easy-to-remember domain names (xyz.com), instead of a string of numbers, which is their actual Internet protocol address.

First, the Arizona-based GoDaddy tweeted, "The domain is no longer at GoDaddy and we don't host the site." An hour later, Google issued a statement saying "We are canceling Daily Stormer's registration with Google Domains for violating our terms of service."

Anonymous

Anonymous refutes hacking claims

Post GoDaddy's initial announcement, Daily Stormer had claimed in a blog post that the site was hacked by the well-known Internet hacking group, Anonymous.

The main Twitter feed of Anonymous refuted these claims by saying it had no confirmation that the group is involved.

Currently clicking on the Daily Stormer website will give you the message: DNS address could not be found.

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It should have been done earlier

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It should have been done earlier

The far-right march in question was held by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia. Heather died when a car rammed into a crowd, protesting against the rally.

Bharath Ganesh at the Oxford Internet Institute said to BBC, "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."

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