Neo-Nazi Site Heads to Dark Web, Old Internet Forums After Being Dumped by Google, GoDaddy

On alternative forums, some users blame Jews for the site being down and say that white supremacists are a persecuted group deprived of freedom of speech

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A screenshot of the Daily Stormer website, which is now using a url only available on the dark web.
A screenshot of the Daily Stormer website, which is now using a url only available on the dark web.Credit: Screen capture

Neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer, which helped organize a far-right nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday that turned violent, moved to the so-called dark web on Tuesday because its registration to use the open internet was revoked.

After GoDaddy dropped the site on Monday, a brief attempt to move to Google’s domain service ended with failure as well when the internet giant gave the Daily Stormer the boot. The anti-Semitic blog was left no choice but to post a message saying the site would be inaccessible until further notice.

Both Google and GoDaddy said the Daily Stormer had been evicted for violating their terms of use after publishing an offensive article on Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman killed in Charlottesville on Saturday when a man plowed his car into a group of counterprotesters.

Andrew Anglin, the founder of the Daily Stormer, did not respond to requests for comment.

In a reminder that the so-called “alt-right” white nationalist movement is not only a byproduct of the far right, but also of original internet culture, the Daily Stormer’s website on the open internet featured a crude drawing of the Fail Whale. The image of the whale harkens back to the early days of Twitter, when it would appear whenever the social media service went offline.

Fail WhaleCredit: Screen capture

Unable to provide access to their regular blog content, the publishers advised regular tech-savvy readers to use a third-party chat service called Discord. However, in the time since the initial posting, Discord appears to have taken the server that hosted the chat offline, following other service providers that have distanced themselves from the extremist movement.

Despite the site’s inaccessibility, the Daily Stormer’s readers remained active on other online forums. Dozens of users left comments directing others to access the alternate site on Tor, the browser used to access the dark web and deep web, the portion of the internet that is not indexed by popular search engines.

In their conversations, several users blamed Jews for taking down their site and said that white supremacists are a persecuted group who have been deprived of their freedom of speech.

Error messageCredit: Screen Capture

In a popular comment thread titled “Surprise, Surprise, the ‘witness’ to the c-ville car crash is a CIA operative,” some users tried to prove that the details of Saturday’s attack had been falsified and played to white supremacist tropes that a government-led (and often Jewish-directed) conspiracy is being wielded against them.

Unsurprisingly, similar conversations were being held on the 4Chan message boards, the home of conversation threads that are considered too offensive for Reddit.

After being banned from alternative platforms on Tuesday evening, the Daily Stormer took to a more old-fashioned internet chat service called IRC. Looking at some of the ongoing chats in the IRC group, it appeared that there were only a limited number of users active there, with some of them asking how to use the service.

While it appeared that a version of the Daily Stormer was indeed live on Tor, the site had only succeeded in making a single article accessible and the platform remained virtually un-navigable.

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