GoDaddy, Google to Pull Plug on Daily Stormer Site After Article Mocks Charlottesville Victim
A makeshift memorial of flowers and a photo of victim, Heather Heyer, sits in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 13, 2017. Heyer died when a car rammed into a group of people who were protesting the presence of white supremacists who had gathered in the city for a rally.Steve Helber / AP
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Domain hosting company GoDaddy said Monday that neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer has 24 hours to find a new provider before its service is canceled following the publication of a disparaging article about the woman killed in the Charlottesville protests.
Shortly after the announcement, the Daily Stormer — the top hate site in America, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center — moved its domain to Google.
But in a matter of hours, Google announced it, too, would not be hosting the website.
On Sunday, the Daily Stormer published an article about Heather Heyer, who died after a vehicle plowed into a group of counter-protesters demonstrating against white supremacists.
A Twitter user flagged the offensive content by taking a screengrab of the article, and tweeting it at GoDaddy.
The article, which had the byline of the Daily Stormer's founder Andrew Anglin, mocked Heyer’s looks and degraded her for not being a mother.
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It also elevated the suspected driver, James Alex Fields, Jr., saying, “despite the cool demeanor he shows in his social media profile pictures, it appears that road rage got the best of him.”
“We have informed the Daily Stormer that they have 24 hours to move the domain to another provider, as they have violated our terms of service. If no action is taken after 24 hours, we will cancel the service,” GoDaddy spokesman Dan Race wrote in an email to NBC News.
Race also noted that GoDaddy does not host the Daily Stormer on its servers — it only hosts the domain.