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Twitter is joining its fellow tech companies in clamping down on the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website


Twitter appears to have suspended an account for the Daily Stormer, joining Facebook, Google and other tech giants taking aim at the neo-Nazi website after it essentially glorified the violent efforts by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va.

On Twitter, the Daily Stormer’s feed is no longer visible; instead, the page on Wednesday afternoon reflects its account has been “suspended.” A spokesperson for Twitter said the company could not comment on individual users, but added: “The Twitter Rules prohibit violent threats, harassment, hateful conduct, and multiple account abuse, and we will take action on accounts violating those policies.”

Facebook, meanwhile, has pushed back against the Daily Stormer in recent days, too. After the website published its attack on Heather Heyer — a counter-protester killed during the neo-Nazi demonstration in Virginia this weekend — the social giant started proactively removing some posts that included the link.

Facebook did allow people to share the Daily Stormer’s controversial story, but only if they condemned it. To do that, Facebook relied on its software algorithms to determine when people shared the Daily Stormer’s link, then had human moderators review those posts and determine if they should be removed or allowed to stay up.

The Daily Stormer otherwise does not appear to have a Facebook Page, but if it makes one, it’s possible Facebook will just remove it. The social network has already removed a handful of other right-wing Pages like “Right Wing Death Squad” and “White Nationalists United,” the latter of which Recode first noticed on Monday.

The moves follow in the footsteps of GoDaddy and Google, which earlier this week ceased hosting the Daily Stormer’s domain name. The website itself is not visible right now.

To that end, it also appears Cloudflare, a company that masks website owners and helps protect them from denial-of-service attacks, has severed its relationship with the Daily Stormer. The development — first noted by its supporters on Twitter — comes as Cloudflare continues to field criticism from groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center for harboring a number of websites that peddle racist or violent content.

A spokeswoman for Cloudflare did not immediately respond to a request for comment.




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