The alt-right movement might thrive online, but AltRight.com went offline Thursday evening, when its domain registrar cut ties with the toxic website.
AltRight.com was founded by white nationalist Richard Spencer, who coined the racist movement’s name. The website has remained online, even as web hosting companies ended their business with other racist right sites like The Daily Stormer following a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last August. But on Thursday, domain registrar GoDaddy finally pulled the plug on AltRight.com, giving Spencer’s website 48 hours to transfer its domain to another web host or lose it.
GoDaddy has previously cited freedom of expression while allowing sites like Spencer’s to use their services.
“GoDaddy does not condone content that advocates expressions of hate, racism or bigotry,” GoDaddy told The Daily Beast in a statement on AltRight.com’s removal. “However, we generally do not take action on complaints that would constitute censorship of content and that represents the exercise of freedom of speech and expression on the Internet. While we detest the sentiment of such sites, we support a free and open Internet and, similar to the principles of free speech, that sometimes means allowing such tasteless, ignorant content.”
But AltRight.com, which published white supremacist articles daily, crossed a line, the company said. “In instances where a site goes beyond the mere exercise of these freedoms, however, and crosses over to promoting, encouraging, or otherwise engaging in specific acts of violence against any person, we will take action. It is our determination that altright.com crossed the line and encouraged and promoted violence in a direct and threatening manner. As is our standard process when dealing with these incidents, we gave the customer 48 hours to transfer the domain elsewhere.”