Champions Of Net Neutrality Ban Far-Right Website The Daily StormerChris Menahan
Aug. 16, 2017
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Net Neutrality advocates Google, GoDaddy and Cloudflare have banned the far-right website The Daily Stormer from using their services.
Google and GoDaddy dropped the site from their DNS services earlier this week and Cloudflare has dropped them from their DDoS protection services.
Under current FCC rules (47 CFR 8.5), "A person engaged in the provision of broadband Internet access service, insofar as such person is so engaged, shall not block lawful content..."
The domain name DailyStormer.com appears to be in limbo with Google controlling it and DailyStormer.wang was seized and shut down as well as DailyStormer.ru.
For all intents and purposes, the site has pretty much been banned from the internet. The catalyst was an offensive article written in the wake of the events in Charlottesville which mocked Heather Heyer's death.
While deeply offensive, such words are not illegal. Net Neutrality, which all these companies championed and signed onto, says lawful content should not be blocked, and yet this is lawful content which is being blocked.
The liberal website Slate.com noted why this is so dangerous in an article, "The One Big Problem With Godaddy Dropping The Daily Stormer":
[S]ome of the internet advocates who opposed SOPA find themselves conflicted to see that same punishment applied in a different context.Conservative site PJMedia wrote similar in an article, "The Slippery Slope of Internet Blacklisting":
Where could all this lead? What's to stop GoDaddy (which is the domain name registrar for PJM, by the way) from deciding to stop providing services to other sites that the mob decides shouldn't exist? Daily Stormer is among the most extreme examples, but don't be fooled. The same people who are screaming loudest that the site shouldn't be allowed to exist would do the same to PJM or any other conservative site in a heartbeat. In a day when the terms "racist" and "hate speech" have been redefined to include basically anything that the left disagrees with, conservatives could easily find themselves in the crosshairs. (In fact, a writer at Vox suggests that "racist, homophobic chants" are not even protected by the First Amendment, contra a myriad of court decisions.) It's just a short jump from saying that vile, debauched sites like Daily Stormer should be banned to insisting that all "hate speech" (defined by the left) should be erased from the Internet. This is nothing new. Conservative YouTubers have been demonetized in recent months and even the mild-mannered Dennis Prager has had his videos restricted from the platform. And now, with the firing of a Google employee for voicing verboten conservative opinions, it's obvious that the threat is real. Increased and even widespread censorship and blacklisting of other conservative sites could be imminent.This blacklisting and banning is only going to expand. According to the modern left, everyone to the right of Karl Marx is a "nazi" who deserved to be "punched."
Free speech 101 is you defend the rights of those you disagree with, yet former CNN host Piers Morgan is actually calling for the 1st amendment to be "amended again" "to ban Nazis."
Illinois has similarly passed a measure to designate "Neo-Nazi groups" as domestic terrorists.
As Glenn Greenwald (who is also now being called a "nazi" for supporting free speech rights) noted, this is another crisis being exploited by the political class to curtail Americans' rights.
Any law passed to censor "nazis" can be used to censor whoever those controlling the state deem to be their enemy.
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