Neo-Nazi website Stormfront forced offline 'by its own host'

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 29, 2017

The group pointed out that "registered Stormfront users have been disproportionately responsible for some of the most lethal hate crimes and mass killings since the site was put up in 1995".

A WhoIs search for the domain name, as noted by USA Today, shows that it's now under "hold" and, thus, inaccessible to its proprietors. It's also been prohibited from transferring, deleting or updating the forum.

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law said the shutdown followed complaints it filed with Network Solutions alleging the site promotes not only hate speech, but deadly violence. The neo-Nazi website, founded by former Ku Klux Klan leader Don Black since 1995, disappeared on August 25 after its host, Network Solutions, launched a crackdown against the site and placed its domain "under hold" - a category which indicates the site is either under legal dispute or queued for deletion. The site hosted online messaging boards that served as a virtual community for antisemites and racists and claimed more than 300,000 members as of May 2015, according to the SPLC. "In addition to the explicitly bigoted, racist, anti-Semitic, and Islamophobic discussions that take place on Stormfront, more than 100 murders can be traced back to Stormfront users who frequented the site to discuss their hateful ideologies", Clarke said in the statement. "We are working across the country to combat the spread of hate crimes".

"Following our efforts, Network Solutions has pulled the site", Clarke said.

After more than 20 years as one of the foremost neo-Nazi and white supremacist websites in the USA, it appears as if Stormfront is no more.

The Southern Poverty Law Center considered Stormfront "the murder capital of the internet". The content delivery network dropped the Stormer last week, something CEO Mathew Prince said was a hard decision due to its free speech implications.

"Late Friday, without any notice, they didn't even send me an email, they decided that Stormfront was politically incorrect, and therefore they could close it down".

"Not only did they close the domain name, I can't even transfer it. I can't even try to transfer it to another registrar because they can do whatever they want".

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