The Daily Stormer, which has been called the “top hate site in America,” moved its domain to Google on Monday after GoDaddy said over the weekend it was dumping it. But the tech giant moved quickly to cancel the site’s registration.
The site, which was involved in organizing, was told by GoDaddy to move its domain or have it canceled.
GoDaddy was the website’s domain provider, directing internet users and search engines to its URL. GoDaddy didn’t, however, host The Daily Stormer’s content.
“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,” the company said in a tweet Sunday, adding in an emailed statement, “If no action is taken after 24 hours, we will cancel the service.”
Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. But the company told Reuters it’s canceling the registration because the site violates its terms of service. A “whois” search of internet domains shows the change in registration happened Monday, according to Reuters.
GoDaddy’s tweet followed a hate-filled post on The Daily Stormer, which focused on the woman killed during anti-fascist protests over the weekend. The victim, Heather Heyer, was killed when a car drove at speed into a crowd of people protesting the alt-right demonstrations.
“Given this 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,” said a company spokesperson in an emailed statement.
GoDaddy’s decision was part of a tumultuous day for The Daily Stormer, which was the subject of a CNET profile last month. Hours after the statement, a post on The Stormer said it had been taken over by hacktivist group Anonymous.
“WE HAVE TAKEN THIS SITE IN THE NAME OF HEATHER HEYER,” the post read, adding she was “A VICTIM OF WHITE SUPREMACIST TERRORISM.”
Anonymous acknowledged the post through a Twitter account but didn’t confirm it was involved. Instead, the hacking collective suggested it might be an elaborate stunt by The Daily Stormer and its publisher, Andrew Anglin.
Anglin didn’t respond to a request for comment.
The Daily Stormer takes its name from Der Stürmer, a Nazi tabloid. It’s unclear what sort of traffic the site receives but it attracts a fringe readership. Readers have included Dylann Roof, who killed nine people in a 2015 mass shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, and the man who last year killed Jo Cox, a British member of Parliament.
CNET’s Anne Dujmovic contributed to this report.
First published Aug. 14, 1:19 a.m. PT
Updates, 11:05 and 11:30 a.m. PT: This story has been updated to reflect that the site moved its registration to Google, and again to note that Google is canceling the registration.
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