Matthew Prince, CEO of Cloudflare:
Earlier today, Cloudflare terminated the account of the Daily
Stormer. We’ve stopped proxying their traffic and stopped
answering DNS requests for their sites. We’ve taken measures
to ensure that they cannot sign up for Cloudflare’s services
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 secretly supporters of their ideology.
Our team has been thorough 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.
Now, having made that decision, let me explain why it’s so
I’m a staunch First Amendment supporter. I believe these Nazi motherfuckers have a right to publish their garbage propaganda. But they don’t have a right to Cloudflare services. Prince’s thoughtful explanation makes clear that this was a last resort, and hopefully one-time exception, to their policy of not censoring sites over political content.
The internet really changes the way this works, though. In the print days, there was no equivalent of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. There are only a handful of very large companies that can defend against a DDoS attack, and Cloudflare is one of them. Now that Cloudflare has dropped them, their web site is unreachable.
★ Thursday, 17 August 2017