From Google to GoDaddy, fringe speech brings unwelcome spotlight
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.
— GoDaddy (@GoDaddy) August 14, 2017
Last week it was Google in the spotlight after an engineer argued, among other things, that a portion of his colleagues, the women, are less capable than men because of biology. With his memo, James Damore created a hostile work environment.
This week, the spotlight could well be on GoDaddy.
The week of white supremacists leading the news
On Saturday, white supremacists converged on Charlottesville, VA, ostensibly to protest the removal of a statute of Robert E. Lee, a Confederate general.
VA open carry law is simply intimidation & implicit threat.
If they'll hit you, why not shoot you? pic.twitter.com/6uopzGN6lX
— ???CitizenKayS? (@CitizenKayS) August 13, 2017
Many protestors openly carried arms and wore military gear. Many carried Confederate flags, displayed swastikas and sported t-shirts lauding Nazi sentiments. They also chanted Nazi slogans and performed Nazi salutes.
A self-avowed nationalist, James Fields, 20, drove his car into a peaceful crowd of counter-protesters. He killed Heather Heyer, 32.
On Sunday, Andrew Anglin published a hate-filled rant about Heyer on The Daily Stormer.
The story was shared widely on Facebook.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, The Daily Stormer is a neo-Nazi website published by Anglin.
Styled after popular image-heavy Internet forums like 4chan and 8chan, the Daily Stormer is dedicated to spreading anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism, and white nationalism, primarily through guttural hyperbole and epithet-laden stories about topics like alleged Jewish world control and black-on-white crime.
Sunday night on Twitter, GoDaddy announced it would be suspending its hosting of The Daily Stormer domain service. The site had already been banned from Disqus, a blog comment hosting service. In May, ProPublica exposed how Cloudflare facilitates hateful speech on the web; Cloudflare hosts The Daily Stormer website content.
This is not “free speech”
I have a passing acquaintance with neo-Nazis on the web; I used StormFront as a teaching tool at the University of Washington. But I had never visited The Daily Stormer and was not prepared for the viciousness that hit me in the face:
The woman killed in yesterday’s road rage incident has been identified as Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old overweight slob with no children. Here’s five fat facts you need to know.
I fully expect GoDaddy to be criticized for squelching “free speech,” a claim lobbed at Google.
But neither of these incidents are free speech matters.
First Amendment free speech rights are binding on government; they do not extend to private workplaces or private services.
It’s a well-orchestrated campaign
Damore is positioning himself as a media celebrity. His new Twitter account is that of a provocateur wearing a t-shirt that mocks the Google logo. The graphic is a not-so-sly play on the Gulag, Soviet labor camps where as many 30 million prisoners died.
— David Vance (@DVATW) August 12, 2017
USA Today reported that “fake bus-stop ads” featuring the same modified Goolag logo as that on Damore’s shirt are on the streets of Venice, CA. There are also spoof ads outside Apple’s offices.
Spotted outside Google's Venice Beach offices. pic.twitter.com/0SL2idZv0C
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) August 11, 2017
Peter Duke is Damore’s photographer. Last month, the New York Times dubbed Duke “the Annie Leibowitz of the alt-right.” Duke, working pro bono, is on a mission to present “the figureheads of the political fringe in a more refined, almost majestic light.”
Jack Posobiec, an “alt-right, pro-Donald Trump Internet activist and conspiracy theorist,” is organizing a March on Google on Saturday, August 19. He claims to have protests organized in
- Atlanta, GA
- Austin, TX
- Boston, MA
- Los Angeles, CA (Venice Beach)
- Mountain View, CA
- New York City
- Pittsburgh, PA
- Seattle, WA (Kirkland)
- Washington DC
On Saturday, conservative and nationalist websites claimed that a Michigan man had been the driver of the vehicle involved in Virginia homicide. Subsequently, his family has received threats and police have advised that they might need to leave their home.
The Daily Stormer brigade has begun a doxing and harassment campaign against the woman who organized the GoDaddy awareness effort.
Ugh, Amy, just be aware Daily Stormer user just posted your number and address on message boards 10 min ago.
— Voight-Kampff Test (@enjen99) August 14, 2017
New thread started a few minutes ago on the site: pic.twitter.com/H3pkSLRBlA
— TheNerdolicious? (@TheNerdolicious) August 14, 2017
Mr. Trump is alone in modern presidential history in his willingness to summon demons of bigotry and intolerance in service to himself. He began his political career on a lie about President Barack Obama’s citizenship and has failed to firmly condemn the words and deeds of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan leaders and other bigots who rallied behind him.
Wow, brutal graphic from Fox News pic.twitter.com/0KZZW2BBGd
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) August 13, 2017
In case you're wondering if President Trump inspires neo-nazis–this is from their publication The Daily Stormer: pic.twitter.com/cT4OZv7VMP
— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) August 12, 2017
White nationalist Preston Wiginton is organizing a White Lives Matter rally at Texas A&M on Sept. 11.
The white-male-as-supreme point of view is not new, but it has been reinvigorated by Trump’s campaign and election.
In this worldview, women and people of color are inferior and fair game. If you’ve not experienced the mindset that permeates this world, you owe it to yourself to read both the Google memo and the DS story about Heyer (includes comments).
And then call them by their real name, not the one that they made up for themselves.
At 9.17 pm Pacific on Sunday, The Daily Stormer was being flagged as a phishing site. At 11.30 pm, Anonymous claimed control.