CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia — A prominent white nationalist website that promoted the Virginia “Unite the Right” rally that ended in deadly violence Saturday is losing its internet domain host.
GoDaddy tweeted late Sunday night that it had given the Daily Stormer 24 hours to move its domain to another provider because the site has violated GoDaddy’s terms of service.
GoDaddy spokesman Dan Race told the New York Daily News that the Daily Stormer violated its terms of service by labeling a woman killed in an attack at the event in Charlottesville “fat” and “childless.”
“Given this latest article comes on the immediate heels of a violent attack, we believe this type of article could incite additional violence, which violates our terms of service,” Race said.
Heather Heyer was killed Saturday when police say a man plowed his car into a group of demonstrators protesting the white nationalist rally.
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 addition to GoDaddy, Google, PayPal and Coinbase have all cut ties to the neo-Nazi website, ProPublica reported in May.
Shortly after GoDaddy tweeted its decision, the site posted an article claiming it had been hacked and would be shut down. No mention was made of GoDaddy’s earlier decision.
The post, which was written in the name of the Anonymous hacktivist group, said that “for too long the Daily Stormer and [site founder] Andrew Anglin have spewed their putrid hate on this site.”
“We will allow the site to remain online for 24 fours so the world can witness the hate,” it said, adding that “we have taken this site in the name of Heather Heyer a victim of white supremacist terrorism.”
Despite the reference to Heyer, the article calling her a “slut” and a “drain on society” was still on the website.
A pair of Twitter accounts linked with Anonymous, however, said that the post was a false flag operation by Anglin.
“DAILY STORMER HACK IS A FALSE FLAG OP BY OWNER ANDREW ANGLIN TO IMPLICATE ANONYMOUS IN HIS WEBSITE’S SHUTDOWN,” the Anon Journal tweeted.
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DAILY STORMER HACK IS A FALSE FLAG OP BY OWNER ANDREW ANGLIN TO IMPLICATE ANONYMOUS IN HIS WEBSITE'S SHUTDOWN
— The Anon Journal (@TheAnonJournal) August 14, 2017