Stormfront: ‘murder capital of internet’ pulled offline after civil rights action

Stormfront.org, the oldest white supremacist website on the internet, went offline Friday after its web hosting providers revoked the group’s domain name following a flood of complaints about its contents, the Associated Press reported.

As of Tuesday morning, Stormfront.org was unavailable, with the site’s domain registry recording that its hosting provider Network Solutions had issued a “hold” on the address. The site amassed more than 300,000 registered users and reportedly had experienced an uptick in traffic and activity since the events of Charlottesville, Virginia, where a white nationalist rally turned violent and resulted in the death of a protester killed by a white supremacist.

Popular with the KKK and neo-Nazi groups, the site included forums where users sometimes promoted white power events.

Stormfront’s removal comes a week after a letter, informing Network Solution’s parent company Web.com of the neo-nazi site’s infractions of the its usage policy, was sent by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a civil rights organisation formed at the request of John F Kennedy in 1963. Black told the AP that he might switch to another domain name, “but it might wind up the same way”. “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”, wrote Becky Monroe, director of the group’s Stop Hate project.

Black denied that the website promoted violence on a radio show Monday and was immediately followed by David Duke, who said he supported Black and stormfront.

Stormfront’s founder and Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard, the ironically named Don Black, said: “Now [Network Solutions] has taken it upon themselves to censor anybody they want”. He launched Stormfront in 1995, the first major hate site on the internet, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Black has been involved in the white supremacy movement since the 1970s and was convicted in 1981 for his role in a right-wing plot to overthrow the overthrow the government of Caribbean island nation of Dominica.

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