After Charlottesville, GoDaddy and Cloudflare dropped the Daily Stormer. They took 6 months to find a host afterwards(at dailystormer.name). And it wasn't just registrars and TLDs that were dropping them, but other services you wouldn't even think of also, from Airbnb to Uber to dating services to all of social media (including FaceBook, Twitter and YouTube), to payment processors like PayPal and all the major ones like MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and Amex, even the most major Bitcoin retailer Coinbase, and so on. What was most surprising to me was that Cloud flare rejected them, given Matthew Prince's rather libertarian views. This is something he has never done up until that point. They instead opted for BitMitigate. After Stormfront went down, they took it to court and won, however in the meantime Stormfront users configured localhost in their hosts file to access it. So instead of asking the internet where 'www.example.com' is, you can write the IP address in your hosts file and it will just use that information. This worked, but wasn't very practical as only people who have the ip can find and connect to it that way.
The internet is more delicate than most people would like to admit. All levels of internet, ranging from VPS servers (DigitalOcean and Linode both censor offensive content), to IP addresses and ASN numbers (there are only five companies that issue these in the entire world, with ARIN being the American one, and if they say you can’t get any internet resources, you’re fucked), to ISPs (your area has a limited number of available ISPs, and they are private companies which can terminate your service at any time for any reason or no reason. ColoCrossing in Buffalo physically unplugged Null’s servers in 2019 for hosting Kiwi Farms and Encyclopedia Dramatica), to peers (when data traverses the Internet most of its route is done through third party networks, not your upstream directly. If your content is offensive enough that peers start refusing to deliver content to or from your IPs, you can essentially be cut out from the world wide web. NTT refuses to peer with any company that peers with Null’s subnet, for instance), to domain names (this requires the blessing of two more companies: The registrar which leases the domain to the customer, and the Network Information Center (NIC) which owns the top-level domain. As an example: ZeroHedge uses EasyDNS as its registrar, and all .COM domains are controlled by Verisign. Getting permissiPost too long. Click here to view the full text.