Following reports of major crowd-funding and fund-transfer websites banning white nationalists, the accommodation rental service Airbnb and the wed hosting services of GoDaddy and Google have all refusing business to white supremacists as well.
Airbnb started deleting accounts of racist users
Airbnb became aware of online commenters on the pro-Nazi, white supremacist website The Daily Stormer mentioning Airbnb as a way to book rooms and event venues for this weekend’s racist and homophobic “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. In response, AirBNB started cancelling the accounts of individual commenters who had booked rooms through their service.
In a statement about their actions, Airbnb referenced a 2016 commitment asking users to “accept people regardless of their race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or age.” They had all of their users agree to this commitment after numerous stories of Airbnb hosts denying people of color from renting their accommodations.
“When through our background check processes or from input of our community we identify and determine that there are those who would be pursuing behavior on the platform that would be antithetical to the Airbnb Community Commitment,” Airbnb said in their statement, “we seek to take appropriate action including, as in this case, removing them from the platform.”
The neo-Confederate website Occidental Dissent suggested that racists start boycotting and suing Airbnb.
GoDaddy and Google denied hosting services to the “top hate site in America”
Following the Charlottesville rally, the web hosting site GoDaddy announced that it would no longer host The Daily Stormer, a site that regularly features news and event information for Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan. GoDaddy gave the site 24 hours to transfer to a new hosting service before cutting off its access.
GoDaddy’s move came after The Daily Stormer published an article about the woman killed by a white supremacist auto attack this weekend entitled, “Heather Heyer: Woman Killed in Road Rage Incident was a Fat, Childless 32-Year-Old Slut.”
Twitter user Amy Siskind wrote a public message that read, “@GoDaddy you host The Daily Stormer. Please retweet if you think this hate should be taken down & banned.” Her tweet got over 5,000 shares.
GoDaddy spokesman Dan Race said that the Daily Stormer’s article about Heyer violated GoDaddy’s terms of service. “Given The Daily Stormer’s 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 told The Washington Post.
The Daily Stormer claimed that it had been taken over by the web hacking collective, Anonymous, but so-far no one in oft-outspoken collective has taken credit, making The Daily Stormer’s claim seem like an excuse.
Google also denied hosting services to The Daily Stormer when it applied for a new home there, citing a reason similar to GoDaddy’s
Apparently, The Daily Stormer has moved to the dark web, a part of the internet that can only be accessed by various anonymizing services like Tor. Although the dark web includes bloggers, hackers and web services that wish to elude public detection or legal entanglements, it is also known as a hotbed for illegal services and websites that openly advocate hacking, terrorism and illegal pornography.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has called The Daily Stormer the “top hate site in America.”
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