Tech Companies Blacklist Alt-Right Sites, Purging Them From InternetBY PAULA BOLYARD
Aug. 18, 2017
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The blacklisting of alt-right sites on the Internet has begun in earnest.
Add CloudFlare to the growing list of companies refusing to do business with the loathsome, hate-spewing Daily Stormer. Reversing the company's previous stance on not censoring content, founder and CEO Matthew Prince wrote in an internal email that he "woke up this morning in a bad mood and decided to kick them off the Internet. It was a decision I could make because I'm the CEO of a major Internet infrastructure company."
"My rationale for making this decision was simple: the people behind the Daily Stormer are a**holes and I'd had enough," Prince wrote. "Let me be clear: this was an arbitrary decision." [Emphasis added]
At the company's blog, he further explained that "we're going to have a long debate internally about whether we need to remove the [bullet point in our transparency policy] about not terminating a customer due to political pressure. It's powerful to be able to say you've never done something. And, after today, make no mistake, it will be a little bit harder for us to argue against a government somewhere pressuring us into taking down a site they don't like."
Squarespace is also jumping on the censorship bandwagon...