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Bumble dating app joins forces with ADL to ‘ban all forms of hate’

(JTA) — The popular dating app Bumble will work with the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Technology and Society for “guidance on identifying all hate symbols.”

The app, which as of February had over 12 million users, announced the partnership Thursday on its website. In a statement, the company called on users to report others who displayed “hate symbols” in their profiles.

Bumble will use the ADL’s “research and terminology” to identify and categorize hate symbols.

Its statement also said the company was harassed last week by messages and phone calls from a group of neo-Nazis angry about Bumble’s “stance towards promoting women’s empowerment.”

Tinder co-founder Tiffany Wolfe started Bumble in December 2014. On Bumble, after a heterosexual match is made between users, only the female user can initiate a conversation.

Also Thursday, the dating app OkCupid said it banned a user who was identified as a “white supremacist.”

We were alerted that white supremacist Chris Cantwell was on OkCupid. Within 10 minutes we banned him for life.

We were alerted that white supremacist Chris Cantwell was on OkCupid. Within 10 minutes we banned him for life.

There is no room for hate in a place where you’re looking for love.

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Why Is the Justice Department Targeting an Online Audience of Over 1 Million Anarchists?

The war on dissent is expanding exponentially.

In the first week of the Trump presidency, White House adviser Steve Bannon said the “media should shut up.”

Last month, Jeff Sessions threatened to haul journalists before grand juries and force them to testify about their confidential sources or face jail time.

Last week, the Justice Department signaled its intention to go after 1.3 million visitors to an anti-Trump website. The Department of Justice served a search warrant for the electronic records of DreamHost, a Los Angeles-based firm that hosts the website of #DisruptJ20.org, a “direct action” collective that protested Trump’s inauguration, sometimes violently.

DreamHost is fighting the warrant, saying the information “could be used to identify any individuals who used this site to exercise and express political speech protected under the Constitution’s First Amendment. That should be enough to set alarm bells off in anyone’s mind.”

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has joined the fight, and the ACLU says its privacy lawyers are “assessing the situation.”

In the search warrant, signed July 12 by John Borchert, deputy chief of the Felony Major Crimes Trial Section of the Justice Department, says the government seeks “evidence about individuals who participated, planned, organized or incited the January 20 riot.”

The government, he declared, wants “all information that might identify the subscribers…including names, addresses, telephone numbers and other identifiers, email addresses, business information…and source of payment for services including any credit card or bank account information.”

DreamHost is obeying the law requiring the disclosure of confidential information if it is relevant to an ongoing criminal investigation. The court filings in the case make clear that the firm shared information about disruptJ20.org within a week of Trump’s inauguration, including the registrant’s name, address and payment information.

In April, some 200 people were charged in connection with inauguration protests that resulted in the vandalism of a car and breaking of windows.

But when DreamHost received the far more sweeping request in July demanding information about all visitors to the group’s website, the company balked. The firm’s attorneys asked Borchert for a meeting to address their concerns. Borchert responded by asking DreamHost to begin “rolling production” of records immediately.

The unwillingness of the Justice Department to narrow the request is a tip-off that the government is not just seeking information about people who have broken the law. Rather, it is searching for information about people who have notbroken any law.

Another tip-off: the government’s search warrant does not explain what would happen to the information the government obtained that is not subject to “seizure” because it is not evidence of a crime.

“In essence, the search warrant not only aims to identify the political dissidents of the current administration, but attempts to identify and understand what content each of these dissidents viewed on the website,” stated Raymond Aghaian, attorney for DreamHost, in an August 11 motion seeking to quash the warrant.

“No plausible explanation exists for a search warrant of this breadth, other than to cast a digital dragnet as broadly as possible,” writes Mark Rumold of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He continues:

But the Fourth Amendment was designed to prohibit fishing expeditions like this. Those concerns are especially relevant here, where DOJ is investigating a website that served as a hub for the planning and exercise of First Amendment-protected activities.

Richard Painter, chief White House ethics lawyer under President Bush, called the move an “abuse of power.”

A Washington federal court judge will hear arguments in the case this Friday.

Jefferson Morley is AlterNet’s Washington correspondent. He is the author of the forthcoming biography The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton (St. Martin’s Press, October 2017) and the 2016 Kindle ebook CIA and JFK: The Secret Assassination Files.

Zuckerberg vows to remove violent threats from Facebook

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg took to his social network Wednesday to condemn white supremacists and pledged to remove violent threats and posts celebrating hate crimes.

“The last few days have been hard to process,” Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page Wednesday evening, days after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., turned deadly. “As a Jew, it’s something I’ve wondered much of my life. It’s a disgrace that we still need to say that neo-Nazis and white supremacists are wrong — as if this is somehow not obvious. My thoughts are with the victims of hate around the world, and everyone who has the courage to stand up to it every day.”

Zuckerberg’s comments come amid a wave of action by technology companies to more assertively police controversial speech. This week, for example, both GoDaddy and Google blacklisted the neo-Nazi site the Daily Stormer. And Facebook said it had begun “actively removing any posts” celebrating the killing on Saturday of Heather Heyer, who died when a suspected white supremacists ran his car over counterprotesters. The social network also removed several pages devoted to white nationalism, according to BuzzFeed. PayPal said Tuesday it would shut off its services to groups like the KKK, cutting off what the Southern Poverty Law Center has called “the banking system for white nationalism.”

As the world’s largest social network, with more than 2 billion users, Facebook aims to support a global platform for free expression while sustaining a forum where its community of users feel welcomed. From a free speech perspective, opinions that people agree with and detest should be freely accessible, said Roy Gutterman, director at the Tully Center for Free Speech at Syracuse University. “But the other problem is: How much do you legitimize fringe organizations by letting them have a real place at the table?”

In recent years, Facebook and other social media companies have come under increasing criticism for not doing enough to combat propaganda and extremist rhetoric. After the terrorist attack in London earlier this year, British Prime Minister Theresa May attacked Web companies for providing a “safe space” for people with violent ideologies.

The scope of brutality in Charlottesville seemed to reignite similar concerns. “It is their responsibility to figure out a way not to be complicit with these types of violent actions — or become comfortable with the fact that they are,” Charlton McIlwain, a professor at New York University who focuses on race and digital media, told Wired.

Looking ahead, with the potential for more white supremacist rallies, Zuckerberg said, “We’re watching the situation closely and will take down threats of physical harm. We won’t always be perfect, but you have my commitment that we’ll keep working to make Facebook a place where everyone can feel safe.”

Neo-Nazi Daily Stormer site, forced offline by Google, heads to the dark web

(JTA) — The neo-Nazi and white supremacist site The Daily Stormer has moved its domain to the dark web after Google and GoDaddy forced it offline.

Google booted the site, known as one of the internet’s most prominent anti-Semitic outlets, from its domain name service on Monday for running an article smearing Heather Heyer, the victim of the car ramming at the far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. The GoDaddy domain platform, which Daily Stormer had been using since 2013, had done the same on Sunday. Both said the site violated their terms of service.

On Tuesday, Motherboard reported that some Twitter users were sharing links to a dark web version of the site.

“The dark web site seems to function in much the same way as the original, with posts on recent events and other content,” Joseph Cox reported.

Users may have to download Tor software, which gives access to certain anonymous sites on the dark web — the collection of networks that use the internet but function outside the realm of normal domain name providers — to find The Daily Stormer in its current form.

The Daily Stormer’s article on Heyer, 32, drew waves of criticism for calling her a “fat,” “childless” “slut.”

Andrew Anglin, the site’s founder, has not publicly commented on his plans for the site, which played a role in organizing Saturday’s protests.

Logan Smith, Activist Behind @YesYoureRacist, Outs Charlottesville White Nationalists on Twitter

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/logan-smith-activist-behind-yesyoureracist-outs-charlottesville-white-nationalists-twitter-n792936?cid=eml_mrd_20170816

 

On Friday, as the civilized world was reeling from the images of angry white men marching through a college campus in defense of white supremacy, activist Logan Smith got to work.

The North Carolina man’s task: Naming and shaming alleged white supremacists through his Twitter account, @YesYoureRacist.

Within hours, Smith had publicly identified two men he believed had participated in the march. Within days, both men had lost their jobs.

Since 2012, the Raleigh-based activist has used social media to crowd source the identities of neo-Nazis and white supremacists and call them out for spreading racism and hatred.

Smith told MSNBC’s Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle on Tuesday that he feels in today’s social media-centric world if racists are no longer going to hide behind hoods then their identity should be made public.

“If they’re really so proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with white supremacists and neo-Nazis then I think that their communities need to know who these people are,” he said.

Related: Trump Must Confront Hate Groups that Love Him: Experts Say

But crowd sourcing is not a reliable method of investigation and Smith admits his tweets could expose him to a host of lawsuits if he misidentifies someone. He’s already been accused of mistakenly naming an Arkansas engineering student as one of marchers in Friday’s Charlottesville rally. Smith denies the charge.

He insists that he confirms the identities of all of protesters before calling them out in a tweet by comparing their photos to other publicly available images and combing through previous posts on social media.

Image: Peter Cvjetanovic (C) along with Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacists encircle and chant at counter protesters at the base of a statue of Thomas Jefferson after marching through the University of Virginia campus with torches.
Peter Cvjetanovic (C) along with Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacists encircle and chant at counter protesters at the base of a statue of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Virginia., Aug.11, 2017. Samuel Corum / Getty Images

“In many cases these people were posting white supremacist propaganda on their profiles, so it wasn’t hard to determine who these people were,” he said.

Although many of Smith’s 300,000 Twitter followers seem to find his brand of retribution appealing, the practice of naming and shaming alleged white supremacists has brought out a darker side of the internet on both the left and the right.

Related: Fallon Delivers Emotional Charlottesville Monologue: ‘We Can’t Go Back’

Since Saturday, Smith said he’s received a spate of death threats against both himself and his family.

But so has University of Nevada Reno student Peter Cvjetanovic, who was among the first men Smith identified after Friday’s protest.

Nazis are marching without fear. Counterprotesters are getting mowed down in the street.

Whether you like or not, it’s time to pick a side. pic.twitter.com/LY2ZdAQ8pw

You can either actively oppose white supremacy, or you can silently support it. There is no other option. Silence is consent. 

“I understand the photo is very bad looking, but I don’t believe you should threaten my family,” Cvjetanovic told NBC News’s Jo Ling Kent. “To me that’s monstrous. You can call me Nazi, you can hate my ideology, but I wouldn’t threaten anyone.”

Smith scoffed at the idea that the men who marched and fought over the weekend did not intend to intimidate or threaten anyone and he vows to continue naming and shaming alleged white supremacists, no matter the personal cost.

“Intimidation tactics are how these people work — it’s how they’ve worked back since the days of the KKK burning crosses in people’s yards,”he said.

“That’s how they win. Bigotry thrives on silence. It requires people to say nothing — and I refuse to let that happen.”

Jewish Man charged for urging ‘Holocaust on Arabs’ online

Prosecutors charged a man from central Israel Monday with incitement to violence and racism over Facebook posts three years ago that called for an Arab Holocaust and burning Arab people alive.

Bar Rozen, 26, from the Tel Aviv suburb of Petah Tikva, was accused of publishing a number of posts on his Facebook page that were racist against Arabs and incited to violence, prosecutors said.

The posts came during the summer of 2014, after three Israeli teens were kidnapped and murdered in the West Bank, setting in motion events that would lead to the revenge slaying of an East Jerusalem teen and war with Hamas-led fighters in the Gaza Strip.

The indictment was filed with the approval of Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit because the nature of the charges touch on freedom of speech issues, the Justice Ministry said in a statement.

According to the indictment, in one post Rozen wrote on June 30, 2014, “A Holocaust for Arab citizens. Men and women, it makes no difference, also Arab Israelis I would be prepared to kill each one with bare hands!!!!!”

The post came the day the bodies of Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gil-ad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16, were found following a several week search, after being murdered by Palestinian terrorists.

From left to right: Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gil-ad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16, three Israeli teenagers who were seized and killed by Palestinians on June 12, 2014 (photo credit: IDF/AP)

On July 2, 2014, Muhammed Abu Khdeir, an East Jerusalem Arab teenager, was killed by a group of Jews as revenge for the slain Israelis.

On July 11 of that year Rozen declared in a post that “If it was legally possible to burn Arabs I would happily do so!” and on July 22 he wrote “We need to start kidnapping Arabs and not put them in ‘prison’ which is a hotel. I have a great bomb shelter in my building, something along the lines of The Saw” — a reference to the franchise of movies about a sadistic murderer who kidnaps his victims and then tortures them to death.

Muhammad Abu Khdeir, seen in a photo provided by his family. (Courtesy)

In the indictment prosecutors noted that the posts were available for all of his 490 friends to see, as well as the public, and that he was the only one in control of the account.

The charges were announced at the same time that a cousin of Abu Khdeir was charged with terror activity over an alleged plot to carry out an attack.

Israel has stepped up enforcement in recent years against people making online comments deemed inciting.

Earlier this month a man was arrested after posting threats to participants ahead of the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade in the capital. The man was ordered to stay out of the city until the event finished.

Last month five East Jerusalem residents were charged with incitement to terror over Facebook messages they posted following a July 14 attack in Jerusalem’s Old City in which two Israeli policemen were killed.

Sessions: Trump hasn’t apologized for Twitter criticism

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday that President Donald Trump hasn’t apologized for publicly criticizing him on Twitter last month, but that “he has a right to scold his Cabinet members if he’s not happy with them.”

Asked on NBC’s “Today Show” if Trump has apologized, Sessions said he had not. He said Trump “was quite frank about his concerns” and had expressed them.

Trump has seethed at Sessions, his one-time close ally, since the attorney general recused himself from the probe into Russia’s meddling into the 2016 election. The president viewed that decision as disloyal — the most grievous sin in Trump’s orbit.

In an unprecedented display of a president publicly criticizing a sitting member of his own Cabinet, Trump unleashed repeated attacks via Twitter.

He called Sessions “beleaguered” and “very weak” and belittled his decision not to investigate Hillary Clinton. He said he was “disappointed” in Sessions and suggested that, had he known he would recuse himself, he never would had offered him the attorney general post. And he dismissed the value in Sessions’ early endorsement — he was the first senator to back Trump — while privately musing to aides about firing the attorney general.

“We will see what happens,” Trump said of Sessions’ future when asked at a news conference last week. “Time will well. Time will tell.”

Sessions was meeting with Trump and FBI leaders Monday about racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

On CBS’s “This Morning,” Sessions said his relationship with Trump is now “considerably better” and he looks forward to the meeting. He repeated that he’ll serve as long as Trump wants him.

GoDaddy kicks off white supermacist website Daily Stormer over obscene article attacking the young woman who was killed at Charlottesville rally

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4788994/GoDaddy-bans-Daily-Stormer-Charlottesville-victim-post.html

  • GoDaddy announced on Twitter Sunday that Daily Stormer would no longer be allowed to use their web-hosting services
  • That move came in the wake of a story posted by the founder of the neo-Nazi website which made repugnant comments about Heather Heyer 
  • Heyer, 32, was killed on Saturday when a car drove into a crown of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • The driver of the vehicle, James Alex Fields Jr, has  since been charged with second-degree murder 
  • Hours after the ban, a post declared Anonymous had hacked Daily Stormer in Heyer’s name and planned to permanently shut down the website
  • Anonymous has not yet taken credit for the hack however, leading some to speculate the website may have faked the incident 

GoDaddy is kicking a white supremacist website off its service after it posted an article attacking Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer.

The Daily Stormer was told on Sunday it had 24 hours to move to another web-hosting company after a post used obscene language to mock Ms Heyer’s appearance and the fact she was not a mother.

The story published shortly after Ms Heyer’s death on Saturday also called her a ‘drain on society’, said ‘most people are glad she’s dead’ and took aim at her for harboring what site founder Andrew Anglin described as ‘anti-white male views.’

White supremacist James Alex Fields Jr has been accused of killing Ms Heyer when he drove his car into a crowd of antifascist protesters and since been charged with second-degree murder.

Booted: GoDaddy announced on Twitter Sunday that Daily Stormer would no longer be allowed to use their web-hosting services

Booted: GoDaddy announced on Twitter Sunday that Daily Stormer would no longer be allowed to use their web-hosting services

Ban: The website was given 24 hours to find a new company to host their domain 

Ban: The website was given 24 hours to find a new company to host their domain

 

Despicable: That move came in the wake of a story posted by the founder of the neo-Nazi website (above) which made repugnant comments about Heather Heyer

Despicable: That move came in the wake of a story posted by the founder of the neo-Nazi website (above) which made repugnant comments about Heather Heyer

GoDaddy announced the decision after Twitter user Amy Siskind posted a screengrab of the repugnant article, writing:  ‘We informed The Daily Stormer that they have 24 hours to move the domain to another provider, as they have violated our terms of service.’

The Southern Poverty Law Center had also been demanding that GoDaddy remove Daily Stormer from its web-hosting service for the past few months.

‘Daily Stormer is dedicated to spreading anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism, and white nationalism, primarily through guttural hyperbole and epithet-laden stories about topics like alleged Jewish world control and black-on-white crime,’ reads a post about Anglin on the Southern Poverty website.

Then, shortly after Daily Stormer was booted by GoDaddy, a post declared that the neo-Nazi site was taken over by the infamous hacking group Anonymous in Heyer’s name.

The post also stated that Anonymous planned to permanently shut down the website in the next 24 hours.

Anonymous has not however taken credit for the hack, leading some to speculate that Daily Stormer faked the incident.

Reponse: Anonymous has not yet taken credit for the hack however, leading some to speculate the website may have faked the incident

Reponse: Anonymous has not yet taken credit for the hack however, leading some to speculate the website may have faked the incident

The hacking group even tweeted on Monday: ‘If goal of Daily Stormer was to get us to celebrate a BS claim, it backfired. Seriously, suck less.’

Anglin has yet to comment on the ban or the alleged Anonymous hack of his website.

Daily Stormer, which has ties to the alt-right, was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Arizona.

There are 6,000 employees who work for the company.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4788994/GoDaddy-bans-Daily-Stormer-Charlottesville-victim-post.html#ixzz4pkrYWxnO
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YouTube is Now Purging Evidence of War Crimes—Labeling it as ‘Extremist’ Content

http://www.renegadetribune.com/youtube-now-purging-evidence-war-crimes-labeling-extremist-content/

 

By Rachel Blevins

Just one month after YouTube deleted a video of the United States air-dropping weapons to ISIS and claimed that it contained “violent or graphic content,” the video platform is now being criticized for implementing a new artificial intelligence program to monitor “extremist” content that is deleting videos that document U.S. war crimes.

The monitoring organization Airwars.org recently reported that its YouTube account had been targeted, just one week after YouTube published a new blog post announcing that it is “developing and implementing cutting-edge machine learning technology designed to help us identify and remove violent extremism and terrorism-related content in a scalable way.”

Airwars raised the issue on Twitter, noting that after approving hundreds of their videos documenting U.S. airstrikes, YouTube has suddenly blocked three videos out of nowhere. The newly blocked videos showed U.S. coalition airstrikes that were reportedly targeting ISIS, and their dates ranged from August 2015 to March 2016.

Can you work out why @TeamYouTube has banned these three videos? We can’t. Of 100s we have archived since 2014, these 3 blocked this weeek

First dates to 2015. Coalition removed from its own @Youtubechannel a while back, so a publ;ic record is important https://vimeo.com/228718566 

Airwars later posted an update, which said that following the publicity around YouTube’s decision to block the videos, the platform had apparently chosen to remove the ban from the three videos, and it implemented an 18 years and over age restriction. “Adult-only war,” Airwars remarked, noting that Archiving published Coalition videos creates permanent public record of conflict.”

.@TeamYouTube also placed 18 restriction on some Coalition videos (tho since removed on appeal.) Would be great if someone could explain ban pic.twitter.com/FHHmysObVz

Archiving published Coalition videos creates permanent public record of conflict (many vids since been removed by @CJTFOIR). Bans unhelpful

Chris Woods, the head of Airwars, told Middle East Eye that he is still in negotiations with YouTube over a number of videos, but he sees this trend as one that risks “severely undermining work done by Syrian opposition activists.

“I think what’s so troubling about this if we look at the Syrian accounts, this is video chronicling a six or seven-year war, and some of the most important parts of that war from the perspective of Syrians,” Woods said.

Middle East Eye also reported that it has had similar problems with YouTube after the platform removed a number of videos, “some of which were later given age restrictions, some of which remain removed.”

“YouTube told MEE in an email that the video ‘Drone footage by Islamic State shows suicide car attacks on Iraqi forces inside Mosul’ was removed and that YouTube had ‘assigned a Community Guidelines strike, or temporary penalty’ to MEE’s account. The same occurred in the case of ‘Video appears to show Egyptian soldiers carrying out extra-judicial killings.’ MEE lodged an appeal with YouTube and received this response: 

‘After further review of the content, we’ve determined that your video does violate our Community Guidelines and have upheld our original decision. We appreciate your understanding.’ 

Another video, documenting the destruction of Nimrud by IS, which is widely available across the internet, was removed from an MEE staff account, and all appeals were rejected.”

The report from Middle East Eye also claimed that Alexa O’Brien, an American journalist who covered the US prosecution of WikiLeaks’ whistleblower Chelsea Manning, reported on Twitter that the infamous videos released by Manning that showed the U.S. military blatantly committing war crimes were removed from YouTube. Her Twitter account is currently set to private.

As The Free Thought Project has reported, alternative geopolitical analyst “Partisan Girl” revealed that YouTube removed her video showing the U.S. airdropping weapons to ISIS in July, claiming it contained “violent of graphic content” that violated the platform’s community guidelines. “It documented US military airdrops falling into ISIS hands,” She wrote. “Truth is graphic content.”

A video on my channel just got censored by @youtube It documented US military airdrops falling into  hands! Truth is graphic content.

As YouTube continues to remove videos that document both the events of the Syrian War, and evidence of the United State committing war crimes, it is important to remember that the platform still hosts thousands of videos with millions of views that are disguised as child-friendly content, while they actually promote violence, sex and pedophilia.


This article originally appeared on The Free Thought Project

ONE DEAD AMONG CHARLOTTESVILLE PROTESTERS AFTER DRIVER PLOWS CAR THROUGH CROWD, SOCIAL MEDIA OUTRAGE CALLING IT A TERRORIST ATTACK

http://www.newsweek.com/charlottesville-car-crash-white-nationalists-650138?spMailingID=2157870&spUserID=MzQ4OTUyNDAxNTAS1&spJobID=850521413&spReportId=ODUwNTIxNDEzS0

 

 

Update: 4:01 p.m. EDT — Hospital says 19 people were injured after car crash

BREAKING: Hospital official says one dead, 19 injured after car plows into a group of protesters in downtown Charlottesville, Va.

A driver used a vehicle to plow through a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday after police shut down a white nationalist rally. Authorities confirmed to CBS News at least four people were hurt from the crash, suffering from injuries ranging from minor to life-threatening.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer said on Twitter that at least one person had been fatally injured from the vehicle attack.

I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will–go home.

Police have not released the name of the person responsible for the crash nor have authorities confirmed if the suspect has been apprehended. However, a number reporters and witnesses on the scene said on Twitter that the victim, who was driving a Dodge Charger, has been arrested. It is unclear if the driver was affiliated with white nationalists protesters or counter-protesters at this time.

The heavy person who is being given CPR in my vid was apparently a woman (I said on camera it was a man). I saw 9 people on the ground total

Also, reports that the car had no license plates are false. The police have the plates, the car, and the man in custody.

White nationalists gathered in Charlottesville for the “Unite the Right” protest aimed at stopping the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, which city council voted to remove from a park formerly named after the Confederate leader in April.

The rally was initially supposed to start at noon on Saturday. However, after a number of fights broke out in the early morning, the city declared a state of emergency ordering police to shut down the rally. Virginia’s Governor Terry issued a declaration of his own shortly authorities ended the rally.

“I am disgusted by the hatred, bigotry and violence these protesters have brought to our state over the past 24 hours,” McAuliffe said in a statement.

Signer shared in the governor’s sentiments, urging counter-protesters and white nationalists to stop the violence and go home.

“I am furious & heartsick by the car crash that has injured many. Please all-go home to your families. We can work tomorrow. GO HOME! PLEASE!” he wrote on Twitter.

The crash sparked immediate outrage on social media with an outpour of people calling the accident an act of terrorism, comparing the instance to similar car-plowing accidents that have taken place in London in 2017 and in Nice, France in 2016.

Plowing into anti-protesters with your car is nothing short of a terrorist attack. Call it what it is. 

That was not a car crash, sir. That was an attack. 

A terrorist attack. No different than ISIS. Same tactics. Just a different flavor of hate.

Hours after violence between counter-protesters and white nationalists ensued, President Donald Trump released an official statement on Twitter, writing: “We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!”

See some of the reactions to the violence in Charlottesville below:

The car attack in Charlottesville is a terrorist attack and should be acknowledged as one by our administration.

1. Weak police presence in comparison to  protest.
2. Blatant Terrorist attack against Americans being called an incident 🙄

I think it’s funny that they’re still calling this terrorist attack a car crash. 😐  pic.twitter.com/8iMsU9JWic

@realDonaldTrump @HouseGOP you have a terrorist attack in  by your voters. Get off your goddam asses and do something.

How is the kkk Plowing through a crowd of protesters not considered a terrorist attack? Asking for a friend 

Exactly! When the same thing happened in France it was considered a terrorist attack but why isn’t this considered one ??

Those bodies flying don’t look like “protesters” so I think it’s safe to say they were “counter-protesters” https://twitter.com/newsroomjake/status/896446861313273856 

It was a terrorist attack well at least that’s what would be said if the driver was muslim.. 

View image on Twitter

Let’s be honest about what this is. This is a terrorist attack, for the white supremacy cause, on American soil. This is where we are.

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