Shut down by US tech companies, the internet’s biggest neo-Nazi website has been denied sanctuary by Russia, too.
Daily Stormer had on Wednesday attempted to rebrand itself as dailystormer.ru after several American web hosting services, including GoDaddy.com and CloudFlare, pulled their support. The site had acted as a hub for a white supremacists and neo-Nazis who rallied last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a driver killed anti-racist protester Heather Heyer. After her death, the Daily Stormer site began posting offensive content about Heyer, prompting widespread outrage.
But while individual American companies made the decision to refuse to host Daily Stormer, in Russia, where government censorship is far more restrictive, it was a legal matter. Russian law specifically prohibits, among other things, online content that glorifies Naziism.
Alexander Zharov, the head of Russia’s Roskomnadzor, the country’s federal communications regulator, wrote in a statement that it was within his agency’s authority to instruct Russian domain registrars to refuse to host the site.
“The Daily Stormer website promotes neo-Nazi ideology, raises racial, national and other types of social discord,” Zharov wrote. “Russian legislation has an extremely tough regime to counter any manifestations of extremism on the Internet.”
It’s not clear how quickly the Russian state made its decision, but the site was already inaccessible by early afternoon Wednesday, when attempts to reach it were met with a “DNS address not found.”
It’s unclear where the Daily Stormer will try to land next. The site is down, and its Twitter account, which normally would be used to point followers to its next iteration, has been suspended for violating Twitter’s terms of service.
I wanted to make a new commission list, and trying to figure out the prices…
1. I’m willing to draw and paint most things. As long as it ain’t “absurdly morally deviant.“ 2. You can ask for a commission, but wait with the payment until I’m finished with the others. So you do have time to come to your senses. =D
3.Terms Of Service (will be added on invoice)
Asking for a Commission Describe what you want, characters etc. 1. Their Name 2. Age 3. Personality Traits 4. Image examples, clothes/face. 5. Your paypal mail, so i can send an invoice. Don’t expect more than what I’ve shown I can do. Send it to: email@example.com
Anita Sarkeesian, notable feminist and founder of the Feminist Frequency organization, verbally harassed Youtuber Sargon of Akkad at a panel about combatting harassment yesterday at Vidcon. She has launched a person attack on Carl Benjamin (Sargon of Akkad), calling him a garbage human, and a shit head on stage, to praise from her followers (Garbage human no doubt being an insult her fans will use on him for years to come.). Anita has quite blatantly broke Vidcons terms of service regarding harassment, and so Sargon is requesting that we make Vidcon founders and organizers Hank and John Green aware that this has happened, and request that she is removed from Saturdays panel also about harassment, for flagrantly violating Vidcons terms and guidelines, and for flying in the face of the message of her own panel.
Reminder that users getting banned from websites for shit they did against the TOS is not the problem anti’s have most of the time, but the selective usage of TOS against the users by the website to them down for having opposing or conservative views. Selective use to the TOS is unacceptable, and if you’re going to shut someone down for breaking them, shut everyone down for breaking them.
[In 2007], this very conservative “family values” group hated porn, and they hated queer stuff even more, and used “but think of the children, it’s pedophilia!” to pressure LJ to get rid of huge swathes of things they didn’t like. And one time taking down the worst of it wasn’t good enough for them. No, this was step one on a moral crusade. If you acceded to their demands, all that did was whet their appetite, and soon they would be back with a new list of demands.
This is why the 2007 strikethrough was not an isolated event, but rather one of a series of events, nor was LJ the only website thus targeted. It starts with anything that can get labelled “pedophilia” or “incest” because that’s low-hanging fruit. But they use that to go after anything relating to queer teen sexuality. Then anything with teen sexuality. Then once the community is already divided and diminished, they go after anything with non-con. Then whatever is next on their list. It doesn’t stop until they’ve won the point and nothing but suitably “family-friendly” fics that match their purity test are allowed.
Which is why AO3 has no morality content in their terms of service. You can’t break copyright beyond fair use (and AO3 has an expansive view of “fair use” and a team of lawyers on call). You can’t use AO3 for commercial advertising. And you can’t post ACTUAL child pornography, i.e. the things that are legally prohibited, i.e. actual photographs or videos of actual children (not teens) in sexually explicit positions–you know, the stuff that actually hurts kids. Other than that? It’s fair game. You can post anything you want, and the archive will not judge. There is no handle for the Moral Majority Family-Friendly Thought Police to latch onto, no cracks they can exploit to divide and conquer.
We’ve been down that road. It doesn’t lead anywhere good.
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The entirety of the internet is not a safe space. It has never been a safe space and it will never be a safe space because you will never be able to get the entirety of the internet and everyone on it to bend and change to meet your needs and desires in order to strip it clean of everything that you find distasteful or distressing. That is an impossible battle that, short of the creation of some 1984-esque society and the destruction of all reason and critical thinking and free will in the world, you will never win.
A battle you can win, however, is the one to take responsibility for your own online experience.
Install a blacklist extension that will allow you to block tags as needed. Block people who post things you don’t like. Unfollow people who put things on your dash that make your online experience unpleasant. Request and encourage that people properly tag their posts and mark their blogs as 18+ as that applies.
Do not purposefully ‘hate follow’ blogs who post things you know will upset you. Do not purposefully seek out content you know will trigger you. Do not purposefully engage with people you know you will get nowhere with except mentally frayed and exhausted.
There will always, always, always be things online that you will not like, things that disgust you and even trigger you. If these things are against the law or against a particular site’s terms of service then, by all means, take actions to report those things but the fact is that the vast majority of what you don’t like online will not be against a site’s rules much less against a country’s laws and while we can ask people to properly tag their posts and mark their blogs, attempting to wipe the content they’re posting entirely from existence will be an incredibly futile undertaking to attempt. But what isn’t futile is taking steps to avoid that content and to avoid being in situations online that are detrimental to your online experience and your mental health.
Your online experience is your responsibility. You have the tools at your disposal to make/break the experience you have online. The content you see and engage with is up to you. The entire internet will never change to be what you want and ONLY what you want but you have the ability to make yourself safe from the things on the internet that you wish to stay away from. Use that ability and take responsibility for your own online experience, because no one else is going to do it for you.