VDARE.com, a promoter of white supremacy and anti-immigration ideology has its domain in jeopardy as its registrar, Network Solutions, has threatened to de-list the site. This means that the site would be only accessible on the dark web through special browsers.
The website had until Thursday to transfer its domain after which its services would be suspended, said a letter by the lawyer of the registrar’s parent company Web.com Group, to VDARE’s attorneys. This action comes after a civil rights group, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, sent letters to the registrar asking it to decline service to VDARE on account of it peddling “anti-immigrant and anti-black hate.”
“This is part of our ongoing work to confront the ways in which hate activity festers online,” said Kirsten Clarke, the group’s president and executive director. “We know that many white supremacists and extremists are not organizing in basements. They are using these platforms and websites to spread their dangerous ideologies, target victims and incite violence.”
The parent company’s attorney said that VDARE’s content “does not represent the values of our organization” and violates its Acceptable Use Policy. The policy debars users from using its domains “to display bigotry, racism, discrimination, or hatred in any manner whatsoever.”
Peter Brimelow, the founder and editor at VDARE says that “censorship is intensifying” and they’re looking for alternatives, but do not rule out the chance that they might have to “go dark for at least a couple of days.”
Brimelow had also sued The New York Times company in January, seeking $5 million in damages for the newspaper defaming him by referring to him as an “open white nationalist”. He denies that his website is white nationalist but acknowledges that it allows works from writers who ‘aim to defend the interests of American whites.”
VDARE’s Facebook accounts have also been removed by the social media platform last month. It will now join the likes of The Daily Stormer, Gab and 8chan, similar websites which were thrust out of mainstream internet platforms. Gab found a new registrar in Epik, while 8chan came back as 8kun.
Let’s see what happens to this one.