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GoDaddy bans neo-Nazi site

Domain name registrar and web host GoDaddy announced late Sunday it has refused to provide further service to the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website, citing terms of service violations.

The announcement came in response to a tweet showing a Daily Stormer post attacking Heather Heyer, the woman killed by a vehicle attack while demonstrating against white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. The tweet highlighting the post asked GoDaddy to take down the Daily Stormer; it was retweeted by thousands of users.

After the announcement, an update on the Daily Stormer claimed the site had been breached by hackers associated with Anonymous, but an Anonymous-linked Twitter account denied involvement and suggested the update was an attempt to conceal the white supremacist site's failure to find a new web hosting service.

GoDaddy has been urged to dump the Daily Stormer and similar sites in the past, but the company previously said its support for free speech and the First Amendment "sometimes means allowing such tasteless, ignorant content" as long as it does not advocate violence.