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.”
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.