August 21, 2017 Last Updated 3:29 pm

Two right-wing websites struggle to stay online, forced into looking for alternative hosting

The Rebel lost a domain provider, making the site inaccessible to some users on Monday, while another more extreme US website has been forced onto ‘dark web’ in order to continue publishing

The wireservice Reuters is reporting this afternoon that the conservative website The Rebel, the (somewhat) Canadian equivalent to Breitbart News, has lost one of its domain providers, forcing it offline for part of the world (I could still access the site this afternoon). The unnamed provider gave The rebel 24 hours notice and no explanation for the decision to terminate service.

“If this was a political censorship decision, it is terrifying – like a phone company telling you it is canceling your phone number on 24 hours notice because it doesn’t like your conversations,” Rebel Media founder Ezra Levant told Reuters.

The Rebel has had a rough past week. The site lost four staffers, including reporter Faith Goldy who reported from Charlottesville, and whose video showed the car responsible for the death of one of the counter protesters. Also last week, Norwegian Cruise Lines said it would no longer sponsor the Caribbean cruise scheduled by The Rebel.

In response, Levant has been trying to distance the site from the “alt-right” but it may be too late. The website had scheduled an interview with new Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, but the Canadian politician cancelled the interview following last week’s controversies.

“I am disgusted by the vile comments made by hate groups this past weekend. I believe there is fine line between reporting the facts and giving those groups a platform,” Scheer told HuffPost Canada.

A far more overtly radical right website, The Daily Stormer, was forced offline completely last week when both GoDaddy and Google terminated services. The site reappeared briefly using Russian servers, but went dark again when Cloudflare, which provides protections for denial of service attacks, ended its services for the website. Reports are that the ne0-Nazi website is accessible via the Tor browser, which said it would not censor the site.

“We are disgusted, angered, and appalled by everything these racists stand for and do. We feel this way any time the Tor network and software are used for vile purposes,” The Tor Project said last week. “But we can’t build free and open source tools that protect journalists, human rights activists, and ordinary people around the world if we also control who uses those tools. Tor is designed to defend human rights and privacy by preventing anyone from censoring things, even us.”

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