Alex Jones has been hit with bans and suspensions by platforms ranging from Apple’s Podcasts app to YouTube to Google+ in recent weeks. There are few companies that want to be associated with dangerous claims that the Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax. One consequential company that’s been overlooked is WordPress.com owner Automattic, which is now bringing down its own banhammer on conspiracy theorists.
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Matt Furie, the creator of Pepe the Frog, is continuing his copyright war against the alt-right by targeting Alex Jones' Infowars in his latest lawsuit. The purveyors of conspiracy theories have been selling a poster that incorporates the cartoon frog into a collage of with notable cartoon figures from the Infowars cast of characters.
Laura Loomer, the former Rebel Media contributor best known for stage-crashing a Donald Trump-themed production of Julius Caesar and blaming her car's blown tires on probably fictional leftist saboteurs, has joined the exclusive but growing club of far-right Twitter personalities banned from Uber for racism.
In recent years, Reddit has banned a bevy of far-right troll havens, including its board for the white supremacist "alt-right" and others used for the harassment of women, minorities and other people. The bans were a reversal of Reddit's prior policy to not ban "questionable" content -- and drew predictable outrage, given that its policy of non-intervention had fostered an explosion of very active fringe communities, many of them far to the right or openly racist.
Less than 24 hours after neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer returned to the web, its domain registrar, DreamHost, claimed Anonymous hit it with a DDoS attack that put its 400,000 websites offline. Then, after inciting an attack on DreamHost, Daily Stormer moved its domain registration back to GoDaddy, the registrar that first booted the site off 10 days ago.
As if making up for for having to read a civil and restrained statement finally condemning the domestic terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Donald Trump has gone off the rails on Twitter. In the span of a few hours, the President retweeted a Pizzagater, a meme of a train ploughing into a CNN logo with appendages, and someone calling him a fascist.
Google fired a software engineer yesterday in response to public outrage over the man's 10-page screed against women being represented proportionally in tech companies. But the firing has become a call-to-arms for alt-right voices on the internet who are crowdfunding money for the engineer, James Damore, and are now calling for a boycott of Google.
This weekend, Virginia's Lee Park is slated to be the meeting place of the Unite The Right rally, a much-publicised gathering of far-right personalities and their sycophants. With less than a week to go, Airbnb has taken active measures to delete the accounts of some members the company believes to be staying in Charlottesville for the rally -- making lodging for planned attendees< like members of the National Socialist Movement that much more difficult.
Three years ago, a website was created as a refuge for the communities deemed too hateful or toxic to exist on the lenient-to-a-fault social aggregator Reddit. That site was a knockoff called Voat which was identical in purpose and design, only its founding communities were groups like v/FatPeopleHate and the anti-black v/CoonTown.
Netflix debuted the teaser trailer for their original series Dear White People earlier today, and wouldn't you know it, some very predictable people weren't pleased! A summation of the 34-second teaser might be "blackface is bad!" which most sane, compassionate individuals would agree with. But if the internet were populated only by the sane and compassionate, we'd never have hashtags like #BoycottNetflix.
Last year represented a breaking point of sorts for major online platforms. The swelling tide of abuse, hate-speech, and politicized misinformation finally grew too big to be ignored. But the ensuing crackdown -- as painfully slow and largely ineffective as is -- has led to a concurrent rise in largely-unknown sites and services clamoring to be the Most Free for free speech absolutists.
Bill Mitchell is the host of a conservative online talk radio show and one of the few pundits to accurately predict the rise of Donald Trump. In post-election retrospect, the man Buzzfeed says "owned" the liberal media seemed to possess some sort of awful precognitive powers. Turns out he was just a lucky idiot.
James Woods has become a hero of the so-called alt-right on Twitter. But the actor, perhaps best known as winner of the 2000 "Role Model Award" at the Young Hollywood Awards, has decided to quit the social media service. Why? He's upset that Twitter has banned some alt-right accounts. Which is pretty rich, given the fact that Woods recently sued a Twitter user who called him a coke addict.
On the heels of its very, very late foray into anti-harassment measures, Twitter has now suspended the accounts of several high profile alt-right figureheads, including Richard Spencer, Paul Town, Pax Dickinson, Ricky Vaughn and John Rivers.