Hot on the heels of our “Why does easyDNS provide services to Martian Separatists” post from the other day, wherein we explain why we provide services to organizations some may deem controversial, we were contacted overnight by DailyStormer founder Andrew Anglin asking if we would allow dailystormer to use our services.
In a word, no, thanks for asking.
Given our reputation as “the free speech Registrar” we need to explain ourselves.
It comes down to this: Everybody has the right to free speech and to express their ideals. Nobody is obligated to listen. And nobody is compelled to offer their services to you either.
I’ve stated numerous times in the past that I uphold the right for any business to decide for themselves who they will or will not conduct business with. In the long run I firmly believe an unfettered free market would sort out who is on the right side or the wrong side of history.
That means that you can’t force a bible-thumping fundamentalist baker to make a cake for a gay wedding if he doesn’t want to.
It even means a restaurant should be able to refuse to seat (pick one): black people, white people, males, redheads, left-handed people or introverts. Whatever. They probably won’t stay in business very long, it’s a form of corporate Darwinism.
We’ve booted white supremacist sites before, we’d rather they not come on in the first place. When I read Matt Prince’s soulful exploration over whether he overstepped his bounds when Cloudflare took down dailystormer I thought he had some valid concerns. But at the end of the day he acted completely within his purview as the corporate CEO and not unreasonably so.
Everybody and every organization has their own political biases and boundary lines. Twitter is often accused of leaning left, Facebook is positioning for “Zuck 2020” (wtf) and I am one of those Libertarian nutjobs.
So my line is that I would hypothetically take on a site like Breitbart.com or even TheRebel.media and tell anybody who tried to pressure us to take them down to go to hell. But as a man in an interracial marriage with a mixed-race child, being asked to risk our business and our customers, to put our asses on the line for a bunch of white supremacists? I don’t think so.