The Daily Stormer, probably the world’s most notorious Nazi website, is now offline.
The site had run into trouble after its part in organising the deadly protests in Charlottesville. It was also criticised for an article that attacked Heather Heyer, the woman who died after a car ran into counter-protestors who were opposing the white supremacist protest.
It’s possible that the site could never come back offline after it was dropped by major tech firms. Both GoDaddy and Google committed to stopping supporting the firm, arguing that it had violated their terms of service.
The site now either doesn’t load or redirects users to an error page. That error page says “We’re having an outage” and says that “it’ll be a minute”, though it’s likely that error page hasn’t been changed since the site ran into new problems.
The Daily Stormer has become notorious as one of the central neo-Nazi websites on the internet. But it came to even more fame this week after it posted an article about Ms Heyer that criticised her appearance and called her a “drain on society”.
As well as that article, the site had helped organised the event as part of its “summer of hate” series.
The criticism that came from those two articles led users to complain to GoDaddy and Google that they were allowing the sites to remain up. Both later said they would remove them, arguing that the articles had violated their terms and conditions.
After GoDaddy’s announcement, a statement appeared on the site claiming that it had been taken over by Anonymous. But prominent accounts associated with the hacker group said that the attack may have been a “false flag” that was actually done by the people behind the site.
Andrew Anglin, the founder and editor of the website, has not responded to requests to comment on the removal of the site or to discuss plans for getting the site back online.
GoDaddy announced that the site only had 24 hours left and then would be dropped, on Monday. Google followed soon after, saying that it would be dropping the site but not confirming exactly when it would happen.
The combination of problems appears now to have taken the site entirely offline. The error message is showing as a result of the CloudFlare service, which helps broken websites stay up, but it’s not possible to see any of the stories or other content that was on the site.