GoDaddy Terminates Anti-Abortion “Whistlebower” Website
A new law enacted in Texas now makes it illegal for anyone to help women get an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy.
Texas has imposed a near-total ban on abortions, which took effect early on Wednesday and leaves enforcement up to individual citizens, enabling them to sue anyone who provides or “aids or abets” an abortion after six weeks. Citizens who win such lawsuits would be entitled to at least $10,000.
With this law, Texas Right to Life, an anti-abortion group finds a way to encourage everyone to report those who “violate” the law through a dedicated “whistleblower” website, promising to “ensure that these lawbreakers are held accountable for their actions.”
On Friday, however, the group had to find a new home because the WebHost GoDaddy provided them 24 hours to pack their bags.
A spokesperson from GoDaddy told The New York Times and The Verge, “We have informed prolifewhistleblower.com they have 24 hours to move to another provider for violating our terms of service.”
GoDaddy informed The Verge that the whistleblower site violated “multiple provisions” of its Terms of Service including Section 5.2, which states:
You will not collect or harvest (or permit anyone else to collect or harvest) any User Content (as defined below) or any non-public or personally identifiable information about another User or any other person or entity without their express prior written consent.
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The anti-abortion group’s website has been in the hot seat for days as it is flooded with angry protesters reporting fake tips.
Texas Right to Life, the anti-abortion group owning the website, in a statement that said it will not be silenced, adding that it would put its website back up.
By late Friday, the group had already found its new home: Epik, the same provider that hosted controversial websites like Gab, social media platforms like Parler, and Internet hate forum 8chan.
“Our IT team is already in process of transferring our assets to another provider and we’ll have the site restored within 24-48 hours,” a spokeswoman for the group said.