The Daily Storner on the Dark Web

The Daily Stormer, the most well known of all white supremacy online portals, was forced to move today to the Dark Web after various service providers dropped the site from their infrastructure.

The first one to boot The Daily Stormer was GoDaddy, who gave the site 24 hours to find a new provider. At the time was providing both domain and web hosting for the controversial site.

GoDaddy, Google, Zoho, YouTube ban The Daily Stormer

The Daily Stormer staff tried moving its domain to the Google Domain service, but Google's staff were alerted by users and quickly shut down the site's account in just three hours after it signed up on the site.

Later in the day, Google also banned The Daily Stormer's YouTube account, citing a terms of service violation.

Hours later, Zoho, who was providing email hosting services, also joined the ranks of tech companies that threw the white supremacy site off its network.

With no other alternative left, and after possibly facing other rejections, the site's administrator was forced to relocate on the Dark Web.

The Daily Stormer site showing up in a Dark Web scanner
The Daily Stormer site showing up in a Dark Web scanner

Article attacking Charlottesville victim at the heart of the ban

All companies cited terms of service violations because of the site's abusive and hate-filled speech. Tech companies started distancing themselves from the site after it published a blog post on Monday that used insults and obscenities when discussing the death of Heather Heyer.

Heyer was killed in Charlottesville this weekend after a man drove his car into a crowd of people, including counter-protestors to a white supremacist rally, walking down a street.

Ever since The Daily Stormer's insults-filled post on Monday, tech companies have distanced themselves from the site and hacktivist groups have launched DDoS attacks against the site, with no success as it was protected by Cloudflare.

Discord also takes a stance against white supremacy sites

On Monday, Discord, a provider of online chat rooms, also announced it would be cracking down on "accounts associated with the events in Charlottesville," and "will continue to take action against white supremacy, nazi ideology, and all forms of hate."

Discord shut down the altright.com Discord channel, but The Daily Stormer's account was still up, despite public outcry.

Many believe that Heyer's death and The Daily Stormer's denigrating article may be a turning point in how tech sites handle white supremacy online propaganda.

The reality is a little bit different, as tech companies have waged a quiet war against white supremacists, neo-nazis, and aggressive alt-right supports for months.

Even before the Unite the Right rally took place in Charlottesville over the weekend, Airbnb had already taken action against white supremacy nationalists, denying accommodations for people it believed were coming to town to participate in the rally.

During the past few months, the alt-right movement has constantly been booted off various online services due to its hateful speech that often incited to violence and physical harm.

As a countermeasure, the alt-right movement has created its own social media platforms such as Gab (Twitter alternative) and Hatreon (Patreon alternative).