Extremist Twitter Rival May Lose Domain

Business Insider reports:

One of the most prominent social media sites in the far-right community may be kicked off its domain in the next week over violating hate speech rules. Early on Monday, the social media chat site Gab.ai posted a letter it received from its domain registrar saying it will seize the domain in five days if the site doesn’t find a new host.

The site claimed that the letter was sent in response to racist threats against Jews made by a notorious anti-Semitic online personality. In a statement to Business Insider, Gab said it “acted in good faith” by booting the user, but it was still was “looking for a domain registrar provider that supports lawful, politically incorrect free speech.”

It’s kind of hilarious that Gab ran to Twitter with their complaint. A few days ago the site sued Google for anti-trust violations after their app was booted from the Google Play store.

  • that’s super duper bigly sad.
    i’ll pray for you.

    • Treant

      I’m sending thoughts as well.

      OK, I’m done.

      • bambinoitaliano

        Wait! Let me tag on the prayers. Thanks!

  • Max_1
  • Rebecca Gardner

    Speaking of RWNJs you absolutely have to check out this web site with “25 Logical Reasons to Vote No” for marriage equality in Australia.

    Seriously, check it out, I won’t ruin the surprise.

    http://25logicalreasonstovoteno.com/

    • jerry

      I read it, but I’m still drawing a blank…

      • Rebecca Gardner

        Really? You didn’t get the joke?

        Sorry.
        We’re fucking stumped.
        Check back soon.

        • jerry

          I was joking.

          • Rebecca Gardner

            Oh. Sorry, My Snark-O-Meter batteries must be dead. LOL.

    • ChrisMorley

      Clicking that link, my browser warns me

      ‘Your connection is not secure

      The owner of redirect.viglink.com has configured their web site improperly. To protect your information from being stolen, Firefox has not connected to this web site.’

      • Rebecca Gardner

        I don’t know what redirect.viglink is.

        Just 25logicalreasonstovoteno.com into your address bar instead.

        • MountainBoy

          hilarious 🙂

        • ChrisMorley

          It’s the message I got when I right-clicked that link to open in a new tab.

          • another_steve

            I think JMG may have been hacked, Chris. I’m getting a similar message when I try to open email notifications of replies to my comments.

          • Benny Cemoli ✔Gold Verified

            JMG has not been hacked. redirect.viglink.com is the affiliate tracking network used by Disqus to track all links and what not through the Disqus system.

            For instance the link:

            http:25logicalreasontovoteno.com actually is rewritten as

            http://disq.us/url?url=http%3A%2F%2F25logicalreasonstovoteno.com%2F%3APopEA6fZclpce0gKUJcdk0SmL-Y&cuid=1478235

            which redirects it through the redirect.viglink.com domain.

            Just hover over your cursor over any link included by a user and you’ll see the actual link in the URL popup at the bottom of your web browser. (If you’re using Firefox at least.)

            And i bet they are using the redirect in any of the emails you are getting so they know that you responded to the email by clicking on the link. You might want to check where the link is actually taking you instead of relying on what they actually put in the email. They can hide those kinds of things easily if you receive HTML emails.

          • another_steve

            Thank you. I’m a complete moron when it comes to this stuff and haven’t the slightest idea what any of what you said means, but the good news is that the problem I was experiencing seems to have stopped and, as a result of that, I won’t have to commit suicide.

        • Benny Cemoli ✔Gold Verified

          redirect.viglink.com is the affiliate tracking network that Disqus redirects all links through to keep track of where users are going and what they are doing.

          They rewrite the links that are included by users to redirect through the redirect.viglink.com domain.

          For instance the link

          http://25logicalreasonstovoteno.com is rewritten as

          http://disq.us/url?url=http%3A%2F%2F25logicalreasonstovoteno.com%2F%3APopEA6fZclpce0gKUJcdk0SmL-Y&cuid=1478235

          which contains a redirect through their affiliate tracking network.

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      • Alexodia

        Means someone screwed up on the SSL implementation lol

        • swimboy

          The SSL cert expired this morning on the redirect service (it might be disqus, might be Joe’s tech staff).

          I don’t think that this is a malicious hack, just someone who forgot to renew a certificate.

          • Benny Cemoli ✔Gold Verified

            It’s Disqus as redirect.viglink.com is the affiliate tracking network Disqus uses to track what the users of their service are doing and where they are going.

          • Alexodia

            Yea. Most likely it.

      • Phillip in L.A.

        My (limited) understanding is that that message means, “site does not accommodate https:// protocol”

    • wds

      Chrome took me straight to the site and it was HILARIOUS … LOL. I’m using Chrome and I have Wisecare365 … Mine didn’t redirect … and that site made me LOL.

  • ultragreen
  • Harveyrabbit

    “The free and open web is in danger.”

    Oh Noes! What are the poor Nazis going to do?
    I have a suggestion:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8e2285fa6b24f9d03f452098341ffd3e4896f029c177d8ff30c8c12e236c2c48.jpg

  • Tawreos

    How sad that there is not much room on the web for hate.

  • The_Wretched

    “politically incorrect free speech” <—but that's not the problem.

    The problem is that specifically calling for violence and abuse against a group based solely on its race/religion/gender/ethnicity etc is criminal or a contract violation in most places with most hosting vendors. Your 'right' to swing your fist ends at everyone else's collective noses.

  • Lazycrockett

    Dreamers are protesting at a Pelosi new Conference Right Now!!

    • Adam King

      Breathtakingly counterproductive.

      • pch1013

        See also: shaming the 30 Democratic Senators who refuse to support St. Bernard’s purely symbolic single-payer bill, while blithely ignoring the 49 Republican Senators who have signed on to gut the ACA *right now*.

  • Bad Tom

    How odd that TOS violations have more actual power to shut down hateful bad actors than police video of police killing unarmed black people.

    Hurray for Click-Through TOS agreements?

    • justme

      maybe communities should get TOS policies in place..?

      • Bad Tom

        By driving past this sign, you acknowledge that you…

        It. Could. Work!

  • justme

    So hate is in danger…

  • Halou
  • Bluto

    Sometimes it’s haaaard to be a nazi. Givin’ all your love to just one raaaace.
    apologies to Tammy Whynot
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS4lRI81qac

  • Taylor Bixler

    but they are all about muh freeze peach right?
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DJ7m27aUEAAB_Sl.jpg

  • pch1013

    Why don’t they just scurry over to the dark web, along with all the drug dealers, money launderers, pedophiles, and murderers? They’re sure to find plenty of kindred spirits.

    • Tawreos

      They don’t like to hate where they do business

    • zhera

      What the hell is the dark web, anyway? Do the intertubes have a basement?

      • pch1013

        More like a dungeon, and not the fun kind. If you really want to “go there,” google Tor. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

  • Bad Tom

    Weren’t all these hate mongers going to band together and make their own internet?

    Backbones, tiers, NOCs, the whole works. (Daily Stormer) claimed they had the funds all ready to go.

    Perhaps not.

    • Barry William Teske

      Or they have rich sympathizers in the legal professions.
      ‘God’ knows there are already religious affiliations.

  • Lazycrockett

    The AZ governor just endorsed the new repeal and replace Obama care bill. McCain will vote for it most likely.

    • Todd20036

      Wouldn’t surprise me. It’ll be the same thing McCain said no to earlier.

  • AJD

    My response to this: https://youtu.be/kKqzIMzLJdk

  • bkmn

    Get ready for rising tides – snowflake meltdown imminent

  • Someone will start a GoFundMe.

    • Reality.Bites

      Money isn’t the problem. It’s people refusing their money.

  • Alexodia

    I find this is a bad idea.

    If they have to go underground they are much harder to watch and monitor.

    • Barry William Teske

      Bull.

      • Alexodia

        I don’t like these guys either but I’d rather know where to look for them than have to go crawling the bloody deep web to monitor these people. If they can’t find a provider that’s exactly where they will go and become all that much harder to watch. Easier to counter those in plain sight that those you can’t locate.

        • Barry William Teske

          That is not really dealing with the cause is it?

          • Alexodia

            It doesn’t detract from efforts to deal with the cause. But a hidden disease is a hard disease to defeat.

          • Barry William Teske

            Thanks but I am not going to make that mistake again.
            HATE is in no way like a disease.
            It is very much a learned thing.
            Nice try though, “Alexodia”…

          • Alexodia

            Nice try at what? Convincing you that forcing these idiots back into hiding instead of destroying them is a bad idea? Your call.

            Not sure the problem with Alexodia?

            You can have your own opinion. Just saying its harder to find an underground movement than one that resides above ground.

            Also ignorance and stupidity are also diseases. Ones you fight as rigorously as possible.

          • Barry William Teske

            Thank you.
            Next.

  • pch1013

    I wonder if those Nazis realize that the .ai domain is from Anguilla – whose population is 90% black.

    • Mark

      And Anguillians are not hateful.

    • Ken M

      Supposedly the hate was aimed at Jews, not blacks.

      • pch1013

        See the screenshot elsewhere in this thread – the one with multiple iterations of the N word.

  • kelven

    Manbabies crying about “a free and open web” when their entire ideology opposes it.

  • Lizard

    “[…] but it was still was ‘looking for a domain registrar provider that supports lawful, politically incorrect free speech.'”

    Right-wing idiots still don’t know what “free speech” means, news at 11.

    • -M-

      Or “lawful” or “politically incorrect”.

    • Reality.Bites

      Why not try Go Daddy?

      Oh yeah, right.

  • Taylor Bixler
    • Barry William Teske

      Oh look!
      Affiliation’s…

  • Barry William Teske

    Update to replys I made here:
    One needs to understand.
    When HATE somehow gets representation in mainstream, the presenter is talking to ‘affiliations’.
    Not the you and I, or as they like to say…those ‘others’.

  • Barry William Teske

    Oh look!
    Under the “Pro” category:

    “Gab is free to use and always will be.
    Our supporters make it possible for us to keep Gab free to use and free of ads. We are powered by you, The People.”

    That in itself should be an early warning.

  • greenmanTN
  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    …oh….wait….so sorry…..was I supposed to shed a tear or have a feeling?

  • JCF