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ALS Scan, an adult entertainment publisher, has recently issued a lawsuit against Cloudflare, an American internet company that provides a content delivery network, internet security services, and distributes domain name server services. This internet behemoth is backed by Google and Microsoft, according to their homepage, meaning that lawsuits with this company will be long and difficult.

The controversy revolves around the fact that there is an historical battle revolving the presence of sites dedicated to pirating content. Cloudflare has been repeatedly asked by users and authorities to remove terrorist propaganda, pirating mediums, and other illegal (or almost illegal) content; yet, Cloudflare has consistently stated that they refuse to take action in internet censorship without a court order. However, in August, 2017, Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince stated that, “I woke up this morning in a bad mood and decided to kick [The Daily Stormer] off the Internet.”

This action has led to much controversy surrounding the selectivity employed by Cloudflare in who they will or not work with. After Cloudflare ceased protecting The Daily Stormer’s website, the website was allegedly hacked by Anonymous within the next couple weeks, and was then booted from their server by GoDaddy’s boot. The outrage is understandable. There are websites on the internet protected by Cloudfare that promote detestable things, such as terrorist propaganda and digital piracy. If Prince is capable of waking up one morning and terminating a website’s internet security on an emotional whim to send a political message, why can he not also submit to requests that may seem more reasonable? The debate boils down to whether freedom of speech and expression, coupled with the freedom of the press, should be upheld in all instances of controversial content, and whether not violent propaganda or digital piracy should constitute as crimes.

In perhaps one of the most bizarre twists to this story, the ALS-Cloudflare lawsuit has cited the Daily Stormer to pressure the internet security company into putting a stop to torrents, by which such companies lose revenue due to the free underground distribution of their goods.

“Mr. Prince’s statement to the public that Cloudflare kicked neo-Nazis off the internet stand in sharp contrast to Cloudflare’s testimony in this case, where it claims it is powerless to remove content from the Internet,” ALS Scan writes.

This statement makes perfect sense, and goes to show how Big Tech is comfortable with censorship insofar that it promotes the regressive leftist agenda. Because of Prince’s actions, which were inherently at odds with the general policy maintained by the rest of his company, Cloudflare wishes to see Prince deposed, stating that, “In a case where Mr. Prince’s personal judgment appears to govern even over Cloudflare’s own policies and procedures, Cloudflare cannot meet its heavy burden of demonstrating why he should not be deposed.”

  • CloudFARE? Surely, you jest?

  • Marc Hauser

    >Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince stated that, “I woke up this morning in a bad mood and decided to kick [The Daily Stormer] off the Internet.”

    Riiiight… Price got a threatening call from Jew-know-who and cowed before the almighty hook nose in the sky.