By: Tyler Cowan | 08-18-2017 | News
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CloudFlare Cries out in Pain as it Censors You

Jailbait lover and race-baiting agent provocateur Andrew Anglin’s Daily Stormer has had it pretty rough lately. First, they were told they had 24 hours before the site would be dumped by GoDaddy’s hosting. Shortly after that, there was the Anonymous hack. Ok, so it wasn’t so much a DDoS or genuine hack as it was a weak troll attempt from Anglin, et. al. Even before the 24 hours was up though they found themselves yanked from net quicker than you can say “Heil Hitler.”

What happened? The calls to “SHUT IT DOWN” came from CloudFlare who whinged about the difficult position <i>they</i> were put in <i>having</i> to shut down the site.

“Our terms of service reserve the right for us to terminate users of our network at our sole discretion. The tipping point for us making this decision was that the team behind Daily Stormer made the claim that we were secret supporters of their ideology.

Our team has been through and have had thoughtful discussions for years about what the right policy was on censoring. Like a lot of people, we’ve felt angry at these hateful people for a long time but we have followed the law and remained content neutral as a network. We could not remain neutral after these claims of secret support by CloudFlare.”

Wow, heavy stuff, poor CloudFlare, amirite?

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The blog post goes on to explain CF’s position and reasoning behind their decision.They pose the rhetorical question of whom should be responsible for regulating content online.CloudFlare is a proxy service provider. By dumping DS they became instantly vulnerable to attack. Ironic that the “we’ve been hacked” dummy page didn’t convince Anonymous or whomever that Stormer was “handled.”

Without a proxy service like CloudFlare if “you upset anyone, you will be knocked offline. In fact, in the case of the Daily Stormer, the initial requests we received to terminate their service came from hackers who literally said: ‘Get out of the way so we can DDoS this site off the Internet.’”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">When I reported Daily Stormer to CloudFlare they gave my personal correspondence to NAZIs who then retaliated <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Chris Sampson (@TAPSTRIMEDIA) <a href="">August 14, 2017</a></blockquote>

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“Hackers” eh. Yeah, it easily could have been and it’s certainly a safe bet. Their “argument” offers the caveat of how vigilante service could be served online to lead to de facto censorship: “But having the mechanism of content control be vigilante hackers launching DDoS attacks subverts any rational concept of justice.”

Vigilante hackers again, eh? Well, you gotta scapegoat somebody, right? They admit that free speech is “a very American idea that is not shared globally.”

The explanation from CF explains all the many things they are too principled to ever consider stooping to turning over SSL keys, installing law enforcement software, terminating customers due to political or other pressure, provided a feed of customer content to LEOs or LEAs.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Credit to Crowdflare CEO for being honest about decision to ban Daily Stormer. Short version - Human, all too human. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Mike Cernovich ???????? (@Cernovich) <a href="">August 16, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Aye, but here’s the rub:

“We're going to have a long debate internally about whether we need to remove the bullet about not terminating a customer due to political pressure. It's powerful to be able to say you've never done something. And, after today, make no mistake, it will be a little bit harder for us to argue against a government somewhere pressuring us into taking down a site they don't like.”

A “member of the team” (cue Don McLean) evidently asked “half joking”, in regard to CloudFlare taking vigilante net justice into their own hands: “Is this the day the internet dies?”

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It’s interesting that CloudFlare doesn’t name the purported “vigilante hackers” or provide any evidence that Stormer had claimed an ideological alliance with CF.

It is, however, true, that Quartz and others had put a lot of pressure on the company who may not have been able to survive the media onslaught. It’s tough days for free speech these days, Nazi or not.

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Anonymous No. 6824 2017-08-18 : 05:38

Sorry, currently laughing my ass off, when you call others jailbait lovers and hatebaiters, does Jizz Wanking have the decency to blush seeing as he owns h8chan, GWN, etc, which supplies all this and other shit like bestiality, etc. Knowing full well where 'his' money came from, tell me, in the Philippines, what is the age limit, or does it just depend on your cash. Do you all meet up and 'play', maybe at J's place, after all, pigs are known for disposal, hmm. As for hackers, most don't go round giving out names, you jackass.

Anonymous No. 6827 2017-08-18 : 06:24

Says the guy who comes to the Goldwater to hate it :P

Anonymous No. 6835 2017-08-18 : 08:41


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