Cloudflare Pressured To End Services To Hamas Propaganda Site
Cybersecurity company Cloudflare is under pressure from an Israeli legal group to stop providing its services to the terrorist organization, Hamas. Calls to pull the plug on Hamas come after Cloudflare terminated its support for the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website.
Following the events in Charlottesville, Cloudflare ended its relationship with the neo-Nazi website. The decision, which violated the company’s own content-neutral policies, was a “tipping point” for its CEO Matthew Prince, who said that he woke up one morning and decided he’d had enough.
Critics of Cloudflare’s termination of its relationship with the Daily Stormer say that the company’s actions may be a threat to freedom of speech, prompting members of the Trump administration to call for tech platforms like Google, Facebook and YouTube to be regulated as public utilities.
The move has opened the door for organizations like the Israeli legal group Shurat Hadin to lobby for Cloudflare to do the same thing with websites and accounts tied to Hamas.
Jerusalem Post reported on Friday that the organization called on Cloudflare to shutter Hamas’ PR and propaganda website, Qassam.ps. Hamas is classified as a terrorist organization in multiple nations and international organizations, including Israel, the United States, and the European Union for its murder of civilians and terror tactics.
“By providing Hamas support, Cloudflare aids and abets terrorist attacks and make itself liable for the dangerous violence being perpetrated,” Shurat Hadin president Nitsana Darshan-Leitner said.
Darshan-Leitner added that an executive order under the Bill Clinton administration prohibits American companies from doing business with terrorist organizations, which includes Hamas. The organization says it will pursue legal action if Cloudflare fails to respond to the request.
“There is no difference between providing social media services and Internet services, and providing money, weaponry and financial services to a terrorist organization,” Darshan-Leitner said.
Cloudflare did not respond for comment at the time of publication.
Ian Miles Cheong is a journalist and outspoken media critic. You can reach him through social media at @stillgray on Twitter and on Facebook.