12 February 2018

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To Amber Rudd: Shut Down Nazi Websites On UK Soil [Petition]

"NS131 is so hateful the government banned it in 2016 -- it's even accused of ties to a plot to kill a Labour MP. We've always thought that, by hosting their hatred in the US, these extremists were beyond the reach of the UK authorities. But now we might have a chance to hurt these Nazi groups' ability to promote their vile views..."

Amber Rudd - UK Home Secretary
Amber Rudd - UK Home Secretary (via EU Today)
The following is an email I've received earlier from our friends at HOPE Not Hate... As usual, feel free to read it and act accordingly.

Thanks in advance.

Stay safe!

Loup Dargent

The web content of NS131, a neo-Nazi organisation that celebrated the murder of Jo Cox MP, is being stored in London and Manchester.
The web content of NS131, a neo-Nazi organisation that celebrated the murder of Jo Cox MP (above), is being stored in London and Manchester. (via The Guardian)
The Email:
"Loup,
Some big news just in from our research team: violent, neo-Nazi and terrorist websites are being stored illegally on UK soil.

Cloudflare, a big US web company, is storing the website of at least one banned terrorist organisation - NS131 - right here in London and Manchester. This might breach hate crime and Holocaust denial laws, it is definitely unethical, and it goes against Government calls for firms to clamp down on hate speech online.

NS131 is so hateful the government banned it in 2016 -- it's even accused of ties to a plot to kill a Labour MP. We've always thought that, by hosting their hatred in the US, these extremists were beyond the reach of the UK authorities. But now we might have a chance to hurt these Nazi groups' ability to promote their vile views.

This news is a HOPE not hate exclusive, and it's not widely known -- yet. So we need you to break this story. It'll take as many of us as possible adding our names to a petition to call on the Home Secretary to investigate and shut down this loophole. Add yours now: 

Sign the petition
Cloudflare sells websites a protective shield that blocks them from attacks. NS131 is just one of its clients which include some of the most violent, extreme, and illegal organisations in the world, and it's storing them in our backyard.

Until now, our government's hands are tied because far-right groups hide websites "offshore" in the US, where hate laws are lax. The revelation that many are kept closer to home in the UK is game-changing.

This government has already banned NS131, so she shouldn't take too much convincing to eradicate this cyberspace loophole if HOPE not hate supporters get it out in the open.

Sign the petition to Amber Rudd now: launch a full-scale investigation into the practices of Cloudflare's website protection services and immediately shut down websites that store illegal and extremist content on servers in the UK.

Thanks,
The HOPE not hate team"