SAN FRANCISCO (USA Today) — Neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer — long criticized for its anti-Semitism — attempted to switch its domain registration to Google after GoDaddy booted the site over an article on deadly protests at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.
The switch, first reported by Reuters, was visible via a public records search on Whois, which displays domain registration information. But hours later, a Google spokesperson Monday afternoon confirmed to USA Today that the website violates its terms of service and has since been removed.
GoDaddy, which is the largest internet domain-name seller in the world, announced Sunday evening it would no longer provide service to The Daily Stormer.
The company, which is based in Scottsdale, Ariz., has drawn criticism for months for its willingness to provide a domain name for a website “dedicated to spreading anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism, and white nationalism,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The move comes after The Daily Stormer published an article Sunday using sexist and obscene language to demean Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman who was killed when a car driven by an alleged white supremacist drove into a crowd of counterprotesters after the Charlottesville rally.
After someone tweeted a reference to the article asking GoDaddy to remove it and ban the site, GoDaddy replied, “We informed The Daily Stormer that they have 24 hours to move the domain to another provider, as they have violated our terms of service.”
GoDaddy corporate spokesman Dan Race confirmed the action in an email to The Arizona Republic, which like USA Today is a part of the USA Today Network.
Previously, the company served “as the domain name registrar for The Daily Stormer, through its subsidiary Domains by Proxy, as it has throughout the site’s four-year history,” according to the investigative news website Reveal.