Sunday 18 February 2018

OKCupid bans white nationalist who attended Charlottesville rally

The company said: “There is no room for hate in a place where you are look for love.”

Confederate Flag seen in Charlottesville where white supremacists and counter protesters clashed (Steve Heiber/AP)
Confederate Flag seen in Charlottesville where white supremacists and counter protesters clashed (Steve Heiber/AP)

By Nicola Irwin

Dating website OKCupid has given a life-long ban to a man identified as a white supremacist and who attended the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which ended in deadly violence.

OKCupid acted swiftly to remove Christopher Cantwell minutes after he was identified as a user of the service.

Writing on Twitter, OKCupid said: “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 are looking for love.”

Cantwell, of Keene New Hampshire, was featured in a Vice News documentary about the Unite The Right rally which left one counter-protester dead, with many more injured. Two police officers also died in a helicopter crash.

The former IT worker describes himself as a white nationalist who voted for President Donald Trump. He has a podcast and blog that promote his views.

OKCupid has asked its members to report other users who are involved in hate groups.

Earlier in the week, Facebook banned Cantwell’s Facebook and Instagram accounts as well as a page linked to his podcast for being in violation of its polices on hate speech and organisations.

His YouTube account has been terminated due to “multiple or severe violations of YouTube#s policy prohibiting content designed to harass, bully or threaten”.

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