US tech firms are reportedly following in the footsteps of GoDaddy and dropping neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer as a customer. So far, Google, and Zoho - Daily Stormer's email provider - have reportedly cut ties with the site.
The move comes in the wake of the violence that recently erupted in Charlottesville after clashes between far-right rallies and counter protestors. Daily Stormer was slammed by the tech community after it reportedly published an article mocking one of the victims - Heather Heyer - who was killed in a hit and run incident during the far-right march in Charlottesville.
GoDaddy was reportedly amongst the first to drop Daily Stormer as a client. "Given The Daily Stormer's latest article comes on the heels of a violent act, we believe this type of article could incite additional violence, which violates our terms of service," a GoDaddy spokesperson told Motherboard.
On Monday, Daily Stormer reportedly attempted to move its domain to Google, however, the tech giant also dropped it for violating its terms of service. The neo-Nazi site's email provider Zoho also confirmed that the site will not be able to send and receive any email from the server it was previously using.
"We have blocked and removed their access to Zoho Mail," a spokesperson for the company told Motherboard. "There are reasonable grounds to believe that The Daily Stormer has violated Zoho's Terms of Service, so effective immediately The Daily Stormer's access to Zoho's services has been terminated."
Discord, the video game chat app, took to Twitter to announce that it had shut down the far-right site Altright.com's server. The firm also said that it had shut several accounts "associated with the events in Charlottesville."
"We unequivocally condemn white supremacy, neonazism, or any other group, term, ideology that is based on these beliefs," Discord chief marketing officer Eros Resmini said in a statement. "We will continue to be aggressive to ensure that Discord exists for the community we set out to support – gamers."
After GoDaddy announced its intentions to drop Daily Stormer, the neo-Nazi site claimed that it was hacked by the hacktivist collective Anonymous. However, Anonymous dismissed Daily Stormer's claims as a "false stunt." A user operating the prominent Twitter account associated with Anonymous @YourAnonNews was quick to distance itself from the alleged hack. The hacktivist wrote on Twitter: "We have no confirmation that Anonymous is involved yet. Looks more like a DS [Daily Stormer] stunt. Wonder if they are having issues finding a new host."
Motherboard reported that security firm Cloudflare, which has reportedly come under fire for providing service to Daily Stormer is continuing to provide the neo-Nazi site with services, including protecting the site against DDoS attacks.
"Cloudflare is aware of the concerns that have been raised over some sites that have used our network. We find the content on some of these sites repugnant. While our policy is to not comment on any user specifically, we are cooperating with law enforcement in any investigation," a spokesperson for Cloudflare said in a statement to Motherboard. "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 Guardian reported that other tech firms such as Airbnb and PayPal took action before the far-right rallies in Charlottesville, in efforts to crack down on the far-right hate groups.