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Tech Companies in Crosshairs on White Supremacy and Free Speech

Author: Diversity Inc, Published on: 15 August 2017

The neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer had its internet domain registration revoked twice in less than 24 hours in the wake of the weekend violence in Charlottesville, Va., part of a broad move by the tech industry in recent months to take a stronger hand in policing online hate-speech and incitements to violence... Both [GoDaddy & Google] said the site that helped organize the violent weekend rally in Virginia had violated their terms of service... Internet companies have increasingly found themselves in the crosshairs over hate speech and other volatile social issues, with politicians and others calling on them to do more to police their networks while civil libertarians worry about the firms suppressing free speech... Facebook confirmed on Monday that it took down the event page that was used to promote and organize the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville... “Facebook does not allow hate speech or praise of terrorist acts or hate crimes, and we are actively removing any posts that glorify the horrendous act committed in Charlottesville,” the company said in a statement... Canadian internet company Tucows Inc stopped hiding the domain registration information of Andrew Anglin, the founder of Daily Stormer...“They are inciting violence,” said Michael Goldstein, vice president for sales and marketing at Tucows. “It’s a dangerous site and people should know who it is coming from.”

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