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17 August 2017

Andrew Anglin, The Stormer's publisher, penned an article Saturday attacking Heather Heyer, a demonstrator who was killed that afternoon while protesting a far-right rally that was advertised on his website, triggering bans from Facebook, Twitter, GoDaddy, Google and Cloudflare, among others.

But while individual American companies made the decision to refuse to host Daily Stormer, in Russian Federation, where government censorship is far more restrictive, it was a legal matter.

Cloudflare's decision exposes The Daily Stormer to Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks by cyber attackers, whom Prince allege contacted Cloudfare, telling the company to stop protecting the site so that they could attack it. Cyber attackers execute DDoS attacks by flooding a target with traffic via multiple systems to deny it service. But for a while, the site could be accessed at Dailystormer.ru after the domain was registered with the Russian Network Information Center, or RU-CENTER.

The original website, Dailystormer.com, was still offline Wednesday.

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"My rationale for making this decision was simple: the people behind the Daily Stormer are assholes and I'd had enough", Prince said in an internal email to Cloudflare staff obtained by Gizmodo.

Where exactly one is to find Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin may become an issue as a lawsuit has been filed against him in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of OH (see press release below). "Like a lot of people, we've felt angry at these hateful people for a long time".

The Daily Stormer takes its name from the Nazi-era newspaper Der Stürmer. Social media activists convinced GoDaddy to blacklist the site, and when the site transferred its domain to Google's domain service, Google blacklisted the site as well.

According to Radio Free Europe, the Russian company responsible for registering the Daily Stormer's Russian domain received a letter from Russian authorities asking it "to look into the possibility of register suspension due to extremist content of this domain".

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"It was literally jaw-dropping", Obeidallah, a comedian and Daily Beast columnist, told the AP.

"The Daily Stormer website promotes neo-Nazi ideology, incites racial, national and other types of social discord", Roskomnadzor said in a statement on Thursday. After her death, the Daily Stormer site began posting offensive content about Heyer, prompting widespread outrage.

Obeidallah's lawsuit was filed in Columbus, Ohio, since Anglin is an Ohio native who uses a post office box in Worthington, Ohio.

Johnathan Smith, Sirine Shebaya, and Juvaria Khan of Muslim Advocates; Abid Qureshi and Christopher Fawal of Latham & Watkins LLP; and Subodh Chandra and Donald Screen of The Chandra Law Firm LLC, represent Mr. Obeidallah.

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Twitter suspends neo-Nazi news website account