Twitter has suspended the account of The Daily Stormer, an American neo-Nazi and white supremacist news and commentary website. The San Francisco-based social networking giant joined a list of other technology firms to move against The Daily Stormer, whose previous website was known as Total Fascism, in the wake of deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last week, Xinhua news agency reported. Also Read - Explained: Can Twitter get banned in India?Also Read - Twitter vs government: Twitter India loses legal protection for not complying with IT rules on time
The Daily Stormer’s account was no longer accessible afternoon while Twitter declined to “comment on individual accounts”, citing its rules. Its original website, Dailystormer.com, was offline. So was its new site, Dailystormer.ru, presumably with a Russian domain hosting service. Also Read - Twitter friends/followers seeking your unwanted attention could be Unmentioned
Considering itself to be a part of the so-called alternative right, or alt-right, movement, the website published on Sunday an article smearing Heather Heyer, who was killed the previous day at 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. Participants of the rally included white supremacists, white nationalists, neo-Confederates, neo-Nazis, and militias.
The event turned violent after James Fields, a 20-year-old male resident of Ohio, drove his car into a crowd of people who were protesting against the rally, killing Heyer and injuring more than a dozen of others. In response to the article smearing Heyer, GoDaddy Inc., a web hosting company on Monday blamed The Daily Stormer’s website for violating the terms of service and gave its editor, Andrew Anglin, 24 hours to locate new hosting for the site. ALSO READ: Satya Nadella, Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg slam Charlottesville violence
The next day, the site moved to Google, but its registration with Google Domains was almost immediately canceled by the host company. Also on Wednesday, Facebook Inc. confirmed that it had been deleting links to The Daily Stormer’s site from its social network platform.