Infamous Charlottesville neo-Nazi Chris Cantwell booted off dating site, rest of the internet

A white supremacist who helped organise the controversial 'Unite the Right' event in Charlottesville has been booted off a popular dating site.

Chris Cantwell was the subject of a Vice News documentary on the neo-Nazi gathering, which ended in violence when an anti-fascist protester was deliberately run over.

In the documentary, Mr Cantwell eagerly showed off his weapons, spoke about the so-called alt-right movement's goals and said he considered it a "plus" that one of the protesters was killed, but none of the Nazis were.

Mr Cantwell doesn't appear to be handling his newfound fame very well. On Thursday (US time) he uploaded a teary video in which he admitted committing violence, but only in self-defence, and said he was prepared to go to jail - though claiming he'd done nothing wrong.

And now he's been banned from OkCupid, a dating site in the US which claims to have millions of members.

"OkCupid has zero tolerance for racism. We make a lot of decisions every day that are tough. Banning Christopher Cantwell was not one of them," CEO Elie Seidma said in a statement.

"There is no room for hate when you're looking for love," the company said on Twitter.

Mr Cantwell also said in a blog post he had been booted from Facebook, Paypal, YouTube and Instagram.

"I cannot even watch the Vice News video about me, since one must log in to view age restricted content," he wrote.

"I've been banned from Twitter so many times I don't even bother having an account."

He also once wrote a list of dating tips for women, including "if you aren't interested in sex, I'm not interested in you" and "your boundaries are complete bullshit".

Internet rejects white supremacy

There has been a crackdown on white supremacist content online following the Charlottesville incident. The Daily Stormer, a site frequented by Mr Cantwell and other white supremacists, was banned by both US domain host GoDaddy and search giant Google.

It made a brief return under a Russian domain, but was quickly taken down again because it "propagates neo-Nazi ideology and stirs up racial, national, and other forms of social discord", which is against Russian law, said media regulation official Aleksandr Zharov.

Charlottesville community members leave candles and flowers at the statue at the centre of the gathering.
Charlottesville community members leave candles and flowers at the statue at the centre of the gathering. Photo credit: Reuters

Music streaming sites Spotify and Deezer have also been removing white supremacist-themed music.

"Spotify takes immediate action to remove any such material as soon as it has been brought to our attention," the former said in a statement.

"We are glad to have been alerted to this content - and have already removed many of the bands identified today, whilst urgently reviewing the remainder."

Deezer said it "does not condone any type of discrimination or form of hate against individuals or groups because of their race, religion, gender or sexuality".

"We are in the process of swiftly and actively reviewing the content on our platform and have begun and will continue to remove any material that is in any way connected to any white supremacist movement or belief system."