The Daily Stormer, a prominent neo-Nazi website, has been left seeking a new online home after being booted by GoDaddy and Google.
GoDaddy had announced Sunday night on Twitter that the white supremacist site had been given 24 hours to find a new online home for violating GoDaddy’s terms of service.
The action followed a Daily Stormer article ridiculing Heather Heyer, 32, who was killed Saturday when a self-avowed white nationalist plowed a car through a crowd of people protesting white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Va.
CNBC reported that a search of internet domains on Monday listed Google as registrar for The Daily Stormer, but Gizmodo reported a few minutes later that Google had almost immediately terminated the site’s re-registration, also citing terms of service violations.
Domain registration services, such as GoDaddy and Google, allow individuals and organizations to make their sites accessible on the web.
Also, the top story on The Daily Stormer site had been changed for a time early Monday to claim the site had been hacked by Anonymous, but a Twitter account linked to the anarchist group said it could not verify its involvement and suggested the “hack” was a stunt.
GoDaddy’s ouster of The Daily Stormer on Sunday followed an earlier appeal on Twitter by Amy Siskind, who called attention to the post on Heyer by Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin, titled “Heather Heyer: Woman Killed in Road Rage Incident was a Fat, Childless 32-Year-Old Slut.”
In the post, Anglin called Heyer a “drain on society” and proclaimed “most people are glad she is dead.”
Siskind’s post calling for GoDaddy to remove the site had been shared more than 7,500 times by Monday morning. GoDaddy tweeted its announcement ousting The Daily Stormer in response to Siskind’s post.
GoDaddy spokesman Dan Race confirmed the company’s decision in an email to The Washington Post.
“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,” Race wrote in the email.
GoDaddy had earlier resisted demands that it expel The Daily Stormer, reported The Daily Beast in July. Previous demands had centered around a post threatening to track down family members of CNN staffers.
“While we detest the sentiment of this site and the article in question, we support First Amendment rights and, similar to the principles of free speech, that sometimes means allowing such tasteless, ignorant content,” Ben Butler, GoDaddy’s director of network abuse, told The Daily Beast at the time.
Following reports that The Daily Stormer had moved its registration to Google, Siskind posted a request for its removal to Twitter.
The Southern Poverty Law Center identifies The Daily Stormer as the “top hate site in America.”