White supremacist website Stormfront.org is struggling to get back online.
Its founder, Ku Klux Klan chief Don Black, has complained that not only is the website down after domain registrar Network Solutions yanked the domain, he’s unable to transfer Stormfront.org to another provider himself.
The website has been offline since Friday.
“Now [Network Solutions] has taken it upon themselves to censor anybody they want,” Black complained via his radio show on Monday. “Late Friday, without any notice, they didn’t even send me an email, they decided that Stormfront was politically incorrect, and therefore they could close it down.
“Not only did they close the domain name, I can’t even transfer it. I can’t even try to transfer it to another registrar because they can do whatever they want.”
Black added that he was trying to get his lawyers to “go after these idiots.” And while he has a number of other domains registered with other providers, he specifically wants to bring Stormfront.org back online.
The Knoxville News Sentinel first reported on Friday that Network Solutions had suspended the Stormfront.org domain.
Network Solutions hasn’t commented on its actions, and parent firm Web.com has not responded to a request for comment.
The domain suspension may be linked to pressure from civil rights group Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which wrote to Web.com earlier this month to point out Stormfront’s violation of its “acceptable user policy” — specifically because of the site’s “racist” content and “bigotry.” Black attributed Stormfront’s shutdown to the group.
A domain search on Stormfront.org shows that the domain is “on hold,” a status normally assigned to sites involved in legal disputes, non-payment, or when they’re about to be deleted.
Stormfront is a forum-style site first registered online, according to Black, in January 1995. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Stormfront was the first major white supremacist website, and its members have been disproportionately responsible for mass killings. Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people, posted on the site.
Stormfront’s suspension follows a wider US crackdown on hate websites. Multiple domain hosts pulled support for another neo-Nazi site, the Daily Stormer. Payment and fundraising firms including Apple and GoFundMe refused to support white supremacist websites.
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