Saturday, May 6, 2017

How Cloudflare Helps Serve Up Hate on the Web

ProPublica claims that Cloudflare is providing services to neo-Nazi sites and gives out personal information on people who complain about their content.

The operations of such extreme sites are made possible, in part, by an otherwise very mainstream internet company — Cloudflare. Based in San Francisco, Cloudflare operates more than 100 data centers spread across the world, serving as a sort of middleman for websites — speeding up delivery of a site’s content and protecting it from several kinds of attacks. Cloudflare says that some 10 percent of web requests flow through its network, and the company’s mainstream clients range from the FBI to the dating site OKCupid.