If an anti-Semitic or racist or sexist remark isn’t the first post you come across, it’s likely the second, third, or fourth.It’s a “safe space” for the kinds of people the rest of us want to feel safe from.The website moved to Google the next day for hosting, but only hours later the online search giant also banned it, effectively excommunicating the Daily Stormer from the open internet.
“I expect the earliest adopters will be those with the most fringe and radical views who have already been kicked off of You Tube and other platforms,” said Anthony Mayfield, creator of Pew Tube.
“But as the definition of someone who is a bad person who isn’t allowed to say things online begins to grow, I think the users of my platform and others like it will continue to become more and more mainstream.” Since Google fired Damore and Gab lost its spot in the Google app store, the effort to found an alt-right internet has taken on a new urgency.
revealed his racist- and rape joke–filled Twitter account, has started his own alt-right crowdfunding platform called Counter. There’s also Hatreon, a free speech–centric Patreon alternative, which states in its guidelines that “Hate speech is protected speech.” There’s an alt-right-friendly version of Wikipedia called Metapedia. ” Though these services are platforms for people who traffic in hate speech, they’re different from the message boards and forums of Stormfront and Gab, where white supremacist and anti-Semitic ideas are discussed and incubated, and where perpetrators of hate crimes like Dylann Roof and Anders Breivik find encouragement and become indoctrinated.
There’s even a small alt-right dating website, Wasp.love, with the tagline, “Preserve your heritage! Dickinson is trying to appeal to investors, though he doesn’t seem hopeful.
Though Gab is still accessible through web browsers, a social media startup without an i Phone or Android app has a massive disadvantage. A week earlier, following the firing of Google memo writer James Damore, Gab announced the advent of a new movement.
“Enough is enough,” read the Gab-makers’ Medium post from Aug. “The time is now for patriots and free thinkers inside and outside of Silicon Valley to organize, communicate in a safe way, and start building,” the post read, calling for the formation of a new group called the “Free Speech Tech Alliance,” which would build an alternative infrastructure where the alt-right wouldn’t be burdened by the social-justice priorities and liberal values of Silicon Valley—nor by the arguably monopolistic powers of the major nodes of the information economy, like Facebook, Google, Apple, and their peers.
What’s new about that latest group of bans is that, rather than Facebook, Ok Cupid, or Airbnb revoking individual and group accounts, the internet’s gatekeepers are now kicking out whole organizations.
The Gab removal, for instance, made an entire platform essentially unavailable to Android app users (Apple had already rejected Gab).
But already major companies like Go Daddy and Namecheap have decided to refuse service to sites like the Daily Stormer—a change from these companies’ long-running stance of generally not interfering with what customers decide to run on their websites.
Alt-right sites have other, more underground options, like using an unnamed, raw numerical address, or trying to find sympathetic managers of top-level domains outside the U.
S., or going to the dark web, a part of the internet where websites can be hosted anonymously but are only accessible via a special browser, like Tor (that’s one thing the Daily Stormer did after being banned).