A website that describes itself as “The World’s Most Genocidal Republican Website” and includes sections titled “Jewish Problem” and “Race War” became a hot potato for prominent web-hosting brands after its coverage of the violence in Charlottesville, Va.
Critics used Twitter to call on GoDaddy to drop the site, Daily Stormer, after it published a crude, negative article about the young woman, Heather Heyer, who died Saturday protesting white nationalists. GoDaddy agreed:
.@GoDaddy you host The Daily Stormer – they posted this on their site. Please retweet if you think this hate should be taken down & banned. pic.twitter.com/fqTtGoTbmn
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) August 14, 2017
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
A GoDaddy spokeswoman did not respond to an email asking exactly how Daily Stormer broke its rules.
The Daily Stormer shifted its website registration to Google on Monday morning, only to find itself booted there as well. Google announced that it would drop the Daily Stormer roughly three hours later, just after 2 p.m. ET.
“We are cancelling Daily Stormer’s registration with Google Domains for violating our terms of service,” a Google spokeswoman said in a terse statement.
The company does not want its services used to incite violence, a Google employee familiar with the matter tells Ad Age, speaking on condition of anonymity. The Daily Stormer says on its homepage that it is “opposed to violence”:
We seek revolution through the education of the masses. When the information is available to the people, systemic change will be inevitable and unavoidable.
Anyone suggesting or promoting violence in the comments section will be immediately banned, permanently.
Daily Stormer Publisher Andrew Anglin, whose site was still live online as of 2:45 p.m. ET, did not respond to emails seeking comment.