White supremacist Chris Cantwell, who participated in the violent Charlottesville rally on Saturday (12 August), was officially booted off dating website OkCupid on Thursday (17 August).
In a series of tweets, the dating website announced that it had banned Cantwell for life. "We were alerted that white supremacist Chris Cantrell was on OkCupid. Within 10 minutes we banned him for life," it said.
The company added: "There is no room for hate in a place where you're looking for love."
OkCupid is not the first company to sever ties with Cantwell and other white supremacists. Facebook, Instagram and YouTube have all shut down Cantwell's accounts.
When told that OkCupid closed his account, Cantwell told USA Today: "Hahaha! Okcupid shut me down? These k**** will stop at nothing!"
Cantwell appeared in Vice News Tonight's viral documentary about the events in Charlottesville. What began as a white supremacist rally against the removal of a Confederate statue ended with the death of a 32-year-old anti-racist protester, who was killed when a vehicle barreled through protesters.
In the documentary, Cantwell tells Vice's Elle Reeve that his group is "not non-violent" and claimed "we'll f**king kill these people if we have to."
He would appear decidedly less confident in a video posted after discovering there was a warrant out for his arrest. Cantwell posted a weepy confessional, which was readily mocked on social media, in which he claims he is "terrified" of police.
Dating apps take action
Cantwell will not be the only person banned from OkCupid, the dating website said in a final tweet. "If any OkCupid members come across people involved in hate groups, please report it immediately," it wrote.
Other dating apps are also cracking down on racist and hateful accounts. In an email to all users, Bumble announced it was working with the Anti-Defamation League to learn how to identify hate symbols and use their research and terminology as their standards.
"We want to keep Bumble hate-free, but we can't do it without the support of our users," the company said. "We're calling on our community to ban hateful speech and activities on our platforms. If you experience these conversations or see hate symbols in a user's profile, please use the 'block and report' feature in app so our moderation team can ban the user."