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GoDaddy, Google to Pull Plug on Daily Stormer Site After Article Mocks Charlottesville Victim

Both GoDaddy and Google said they would not host the domain for neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer, after the site published a mocking article about Charlottesville.
Image: A makeshift memorial of flowers and a photo of victim Heather Heyer
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

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.

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.

The Daily Stormer, which takes its name from the gutter Nazi propaganda sheet known as “Der Stürmer,” promotes anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism, and white nationalism, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

In the past, GoDaddy said it could not disable the Daily Stormer’s domain or that of other neo-Nazi website, because of Anglin and others’ First Amendment right and freedom of speech.

Image: Daily Stormer
The homepage of the Daily Stormer appears to have been hacked by Anonymous.Daily Stormer

“Given their 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 said.

By Monday afternoon, Google had decided to drop the Daily Stormer's domain registration, too.

“We are cancelling Daily Stormer’s registration with Google Domains for violating our terms of service,” a Google spokesperson wrote in an email to NBC News.

A search for the domain showed Google was still hosting Daily Stormer as of 3 p.m. Monday. It was not immediately clear when Google would drop the site.

Following the article about Heyer and the announcement that GoDaddy would be ending the Daily Stormer’s service, the site appeared to have been hacked by internet activist group Anonymous.

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An article with Anonymous’ signature Guy Fawkes mask appeared at the top of the page on Monday morning with a headline reading, “END OF HATE: ANONYMOUS NOW IN CONTROL OF DAILY STORMER.”

However, an Anonymous Twitter account noted that it could not verify the authenticity of the hack and warned its followers to “remain cautious.”

Later on Monday, a story on the Daily Stormer with Anglin's byline on it said the site was back in the hands of its founder.