On Saturday, three people were killed and 19 injured after a car intentionally rammed into a group of counter-protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia. The group was protesting the “Unite the Right” rally of white supremacists that was taking place at the same time.
After the incident, many have been speaking out about the incident, including politicians, pastors, and even the president, all condemning the violence that occurred. Companies whose brands were associated with the incident have been speaking out as well, claiming that they want to be completely separated from the incident and banning the group from the use of their products.
One of those brands is GoDaddy, one of the largest internet domain name companies. The domain name host site discovered that a prominent white supremacy website was using their host platform after someone informed them through Twitter.
Amy Siskind tweeted at GoDaddy, letting them know that the website The Daily Stormer uses their host site. She also included their most recent article, which claimed that one of the women who died at the rally was at fault for her own death.
The author claimed that she died in a “road rage incident” and insulted her appearance and personal life. The title of the article was “Heather Heyer: Woman Killed in Road Rage Incident, was a Fat, Childless, 32-Year-Old Slut.”
GoDaddy responded to the tweet by letting users know that they had banned The Daily Stormer from their site. The host told them that they had 24 hours to move their domain to another provider, as they have violated terms of service.
Following the incident, GoDaddy spokesman Dan Race sent a statement to the Washington Post. He said, “Given The Daily Stormer’s latest article comes on the immediate heels of a violent act, we believe this type of article could incite additional violence, which violates our terms of service.”
On Monday morning, only a few hours after they were told they had to remove their website, a note appeared on The Daily Stormer site. It said that the site had been taken over by a hacking activist group Anonymous “in the name of Heather Heyer a victim of white supremacist terrorism.”
What do you think about this? Please be praying for our country and for wisdom for our representatives during this troubling time. Another company just decided to speak out after they found out their product was widely distributed for the rally on Saturday.