Neo-Nazi website Stormfront forced offline by its own host

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One of the internet’s oldest and most popular major white supremacist sites has been shut down by its website host.

went offline on Friday, with a web service tracking site ownership reporting the site’s domain status as “under hold”.

The category suggests the website is under legal dispute or lined up for deletion, the .

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Network Solutions, the site’s host, has also prohibited the web forum from being updated, transferred or deleted. 

The prohibition will prevent the site’s owners from re-creating it on another domain, meaning if it is deleted, they would have to start from the beginning. 

Before it disappeared, the site hosted a series of discussion boards used by white supremacists and neo-Nazis, and boasted more than 300,000 registered members in 2015.

It was established by a former leader in 1996.

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The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law claimed responsibility for the site’s removal after it had “taken action against Stormfront.”

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The committee’s executive director, Kristen Clarke, told USA Today: “Their website is a vehicle used to promote racially-motivated violence and hate.

“Following our efforts, Network Solutions has pulled the site,” Mr Clarke added. “And while bringing down one site won’t terminate their efforts, it will make it a little more difficult for white supremacists to sow hatred.”

It comes two weeks after the white supremacist website .

The site had praised the , an anti-racist protester killed at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. 

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