AR15.com has incurred a shot.
On Monday, the world’s largest gun forum website made an announcement: It had been deplatformed by its web host.
As reported by the Washington Examiner, AR15 posted a message to its Facebook page:
“ARFCOM IS DOWN. We’ve been booted from GoDaddy and are looking for an alternative solution.”
It also directed users to switch to its “backup URL.”
And it let everyone know — the main site’s function was counting down to nada:
“Some folks are still connecting to our servers from our normal ar15.com domain, but that’s going to end eventually. DNS will eventually stop looking up the correct location of the server.”
The news comes, of course, amid a host of happenings concerning conservative goings-on online.
One regards relatively new social media app Parler.
In the words of Reuters, the site that went “dark after being cut off by major service providers that accused the app of failing to police violent content, may never get back online, said its CEO John Matze.”
John added a stark statement:
“It could be never.”
After the story was published Wednesday, it was updated with a less pessimist position by the CEO:
“I am an optimist. It may take days, it may take weeks but Parler will return and when we do we will be stronger.”
Parler claims it hosts over 12 millions users.
On Monday, it filed a suit against the cloud computing division of Amazon.
Back to AR15 and GoDaddy — an Amazon partner — the site told the Examiner it conducted a probe into whether there was any promotion of violence on its pages:
“In response to content complaints on the ar15.com website, our team investigated and discovered content on the site that both promotes and encourages violence. As a result, we informed the site yesterday that they have 24 hours to move the domain to another registrar, as they have violated our terms of service.”
Still, President and Co-Founder of the gun site Juan Avila made clear to The Federalist no path back to GoDaddy has been placed on the table:
“On Monday, January 11, 2021, I received notice from our site registrar that AR15.com had violated their terms of service and that AR15.com would be shut down immediately. The registrar’s decision to de-platform AR15.com was final and no method to appeal was offered. It remains unclear specifically what content allegedly violated the registrar’s terms of service.”
We appear to be in the midst of a technological shuffle. Is it simply the movement of the moment, or are there quickly moving soon-to-be-permanently-placed parts among the mechanisms of American commerce?
Whatever the case, where firearms in general are concerned, it’s going to be an interesting 4 years.
On Monday, Joe Biden pinpointed a plan:
.@GabbyGiffords — Your perseverance and immeasurable courage continue to inspire me and millions of others. I pledge to continue to work with you — and with survivors, families, and advocates across the country — to defeat the NRA and end our epidemic of gun violence. https://t.co/zN5J5YjXUM
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 8, 2021
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