Author: Timothy B. Lee / Source: Ars Technica
Ever since Charlottesville, the neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer has been struggling to stay on the Internet. The site’s editor, Andrew Anglin, wrote a vulgar post disparaging Heather Heyer after she was killed in the Charlottesville car attack. Activists pressured technology companies to drop the site, and one by one they complied.
The site cycled through a sequence of different domains: dailystormer.com, dailystormer.wang, dailystormer.ru, and finally dailystormer.lol. In each case, registrars canceled the domains within a day or two of their registration.
The last registrar the Daily Stormer tried was Namecheap, and its CEO, Richard Kirkendall, explained his decision to refuse service to the Daily Stormer in a recent blog post.
“This was the right decision for the human race but it was also an existential threat for our company. While I feel I made the right decision, I also thought about what this meant for us as a business,” Kirkendall wrote. “I thought about our 1100 team members that directly depend on this company for their livelihood and our millions of customers that depend on us for stability and peace of mind that we are keeping their domains safe.”
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