It’s been a bumpy road for neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer this week as it has made multiple attempt to find a home. The site moved to a Russian domain on Wednesday morning — only to drop offline just hours later.
The popular destination for white supremacists was briefly live at dailystormer.ru, after Daily Stormer was booted by both GoDaddy and Google earlier in the week for violating its web hosting terms of service. The site had moved to the “dark web” on Tuesday, circumventing the need for a major domain registrar and able to be accessed via Tor, an anonymous communication service.
After moving to its Russian domain on Wednesday, Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin boasted the site was back in a blog post titled, “A Tale of True Friendship: Trump Called Putin to Get Us a New Domain!” “The Stormers rushed out of their cave into their new lovely, lovely home at DailyStormer.ru,” said Anglin.
He went on to say the site had initially been shut down by ” the greasy Jews,” after the site had cheered the death of Heather Hayer, the 32-year-old woman killed while protesting the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlotesville, Virginia.
Now, the “lovely home” for neo-Nazis — with tabs dedicated to the “Jewish Problem” and “Race Wars” — has already went offline at its new Russian domain.
Earlier in the week, a Google spokesperson outlined to TheWrap the section of its terms of service the Daily Stormer had violated. In its “Representations and Warranties” subsection, Google prohibits sites from “deceptive practices” and “items of a destructive or deceptive nature.”
In an email to TheWrap, Anglin said his First Amendment rights were being trampled on by the companies unwilling to host Daily Stormer.
“Whatever you think of our ideas, that is what they are: ideas. If ideas now have the power to hurt people, physically, then the foundations of Western civilization have been fundamentally altered,” said Anglin.
He added: “All we ever wanted to do was have an open conversation. This has been made de facto illegal (treif) by the state and by the multinational conglomerates that cooperate with it. But we intend to keep fighting until we’re dead.”