After DailyStormer, another Leading White-Supremacist Website Stormfront Taken Down For Good.
Believe it or not, the oldest and insanely popular of all white supremacist websites Stormfront has gone offline since Friday, and its domain status is Under Hold. The site was taken down but the site’s host Network Solutions, which was hosting it since 1995.
The site’s inclusion in the Under Hold category suggests that it is either involved in a legal dispute or it will be deleted sooner or later. The site’s web forum will also not be updated, transmitted or deleted as of now, claims the site’s host, so that the owners of Stormfront are unable to recreate it on another domain and that in case of website’s deletion the owners will need to start from scratch.
The site’s removal’s responsibility was claimed by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. According to Kristen Clarke, the executive director of the committee, this website was being used to “promote racially-motivated violence and hate,” therefore, the committee ignited efforts to force Network Solutions to shut down this website.
— Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) August 26, 2017
Stormfront was known for hosting a series of discussion boards that were mainly in use by the neo-Nazis and white supremacist groups. The site had over 300,000 registered members in 2015 while Ku Klux Klan had established in 1996.
According to TechCrunch findings, the site was a unique sort of a platform since it was widely regarded as the Murder Capital of the Internet,” by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). By the year 2014, more than a hundred murders were attributed to the site’s members and users.
“A typical murderer drawn to the racist forum Stormfront.org is a frustrated, unemployed, white adult male living with his mother or an estranged spouse or girlfriend. She is the sole provider in the household. Forensic psychologists call him a ‘wound collector.’ Instead of building his resume, seeking employment or further education, he projects his grievances on society and searches the Internet for an excuse or an explanation unrelated to his behavior or the choices he has made in life,” a statement from the SPL read in 2014.
It is worth noting that the Stormfront has been shut down exactly two weeks after the Daily Stormer, another white supremacist website, was taken down from the web and was forced to retreat at the dark web. Also, three days ago, DailyStormer came up with a new domain address which was also booted off after the firm providing hosting services suffered a series of massive DDoS attacks for hosting the site.
As for Stormfront, it is apparent that the site’s closure is an attempt to prevent hate crimes from spreading and hatred from being sowed since as a consequence of such websites, crimes against anti-racist protestors were spreading. Recently white supremacists killed an anti-supremacist protestor was killed at a rally in Charlottesville.