First GoDaddy and then 3 hours later Google rejected the domain name registration for the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website, Monday. According to Whois, the domain name is still registered with Google.
“We are cancelling Daily Stormer’s registration with Google Domains for violating our terms of service,” a Google spokesman said told Bloomberg. The organisation’s YouTube channel was also deleted late Monday afternoon US time.
Citing their support of the “Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend GoDaddy quickly pulled the domain name.
GoDaddy tweeted they had given the website operators 24 hours to find a new host. “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 tweet says.
After the Daily Stormer transferred their domain name to Google, they decided the content on the site “didn’t meet its rules for web support and advertising, which prohibit content that incites violence. Google plans to implement the cancellation policy over the next two days, according to a person with knowledge of the decision.”
Now access to the website is available on the Dark Web according to a Reuters report. Supporters started tweeting this Tuesday.
But one organisation appears to be not disassociating themselves from the controversial site. Cloudflare, a content delivery network that helps protect sites from DDOS attacks has refused to cancel their dealings with the Daily Stormer, according to Business Insider.
In a statement provided to Business Insider, the company said it was “aware” that concerns had been raised about some of the sites it supports and that it considers the content on some of those sites to be “repugnant.” But it noted that it doesn’t actually host any websites.
“Cloudflare terminating any user would not remove their content from the Internet, it would simply make a site slower and more vulnerable to attack,” the company said in its statement.
Cloudflare isn’t trying to hide its association with the neo-Nazi websites. Visitors to the DailyStormer.com and AltRight.com momentarily see a page from Cloudflare saying that the company is “checking your browser” before being forwarded on to their sites.