GoDaddy and Google Banned a Neo-Nazi Website — Is This a Good Thing?
Since the death of counter-protester Heather Heyer in a vehicle attack during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, racist websites and forums have been abuzz with activity praising the act of terror.
One particularly egregious site is the Daily Stormer, a white supremacist website that denigrated Heather Heyer as a "Fat, Childless 32-Year-Old Slut." The article gained over 300,000 likes.
A new report from the New York Daily News tells us that the Daily Stormer's host, GoDaddy, has stopped hosting its content after over 10,000 complaints from twitter users:
The Daily Stormer attempted to relocate its hosting to Google's domain services, but was quickly blocked the same afternoon. A Google spokesperson cited violations of Google's terms of service as the reason for the removal.
While we don't advocate or condone the type of hateful content the Daily Stormer puts out, the fact that corporations are beginning to selectively refuse hosting certain content is troublesome. It opens the floodgates for additional "hate speech" complaints and could quickly turn into a freedom of speech issue. The primary issue is that the definition of "hate speech" is completely arbitrary.
Leftists are fans of the so-called "heckler's veto," in which a massive group of people shuts down speech they disagree with simply because they don't approve of it. We've seen this multiple times, the most recent case being Ben Shapiro, in which the mere threat of violence was enough to prompt officials to block his event.
By the "heckler's veto" standard, virtually any website could potentially be shut down if enough complaints are received. In fact, no complaints need to be received — hosts could selectively end the service of any sites they simply disagree with.
An archive of the Daily Stormer's article can be seen here. While the content is certainly disgusting, no part of the article advocates or calls for violence. The article is simply an expressed opinion, disrespectful as it may be.
The solution to "hate" speech is more speech, not less. Shutting down the Daily Stormer just opened the floodgates for more speech suppression. Which site will be targeted next?
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