Founder of Neo-Nazi Site The Daily Stormer Fined $14 Million

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Today, a U.S. District Court judge ordered Andrew Anglin, founder of the Daily Stormer, to pay $14 million to Tanya Hersh for the harassment of her and her family.

In 2016, Andrew Anglin, set a troll army upon a Jewish woman in Montana. Whitefish resident Tanya Gersh was harassed by thousands of neo-Nazis on Anglin’s request. This all came after she confronted the mother of Richard Spencer, an avowed white-supremacist and leader of the Alt-Right, who also lives in the town. She had asked whether the mother would denounce her son’s comments supporting Nazism and the Alt-Right.

As retaliation for the contact with Spencer’s mother, Anglin unleashed an army of white supremacist and neo-Nazi trolls on Hersh and her family, including her 12-year-old-son, who they told to crawl into an oven. They received countless threats, and Anglin even planned a march of armed neo-Nazis through Whitefish which would end in front of her house, though thankfully it never happened.

Even though she won, she will likely never see her money as Anglin has gone into hiding. Anglin never appeared in court, despite being ordered by the judge to appear. He is currently thought to be on the run in Nigeria, though no one knows his exact whereabouts.

Anglin’s site the Daily Stormer is one of the most popular neo-Nazi websites and has been kicked off multiple domain providers for violating their terms of service through advocating for another Holocaust. This victory in the courtroom should tell us one thing, though: the federal government should take a strong stance against these hateful comments online, especially since too often they spill over into the real world.