Troubles are mounting for a Texas website used to report violators of the state’s extreme anti-abortion legislation after the site was forced offline by two different web hosting platforms. The original website allowed anyone to submit an anonymous “report” of someone illegally obtaining an abortion, including a section where images can be uploaded for proof.
But the site, ProLifeWhistleblower.com, was removed from its original web host by the provider GoDaddy on Friday before being suspended by its new host, an agency known for providing services to far-right groups. As of Tuesday, ProLifeWhistleblower.com was redirecting to Texas Right to Life’s main website.
Created by Texas Right to Life, an evangelical Christian group, the site allowed people to anonymously submit information about potential violations of the new law – which makes it illegal to help women in Texas access abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy. Twitter users had flooded the site with fake reports, false names, memes, and even porn to deliberately crash the servers or at least create extra work for the agency.
Please spread far and wide. The website she referred to is at: www . Prolifewhistleblower . Compic.twitter.com/3YLStXiyht
— Piyush Mittal (@piyushmittal) September 2, 2021
The website’s difficulties were compounded when GoDaddy, which provides the servers where the website lives, said the site had violated its privacy policies that bar the sharing of third-party personal information including data related to medical issues such as abortion. The site was then moved to Epik, according to domain registration data first reported by Ars Technica. Epik is known for its “anything goes” attitude towards web hosting, servicing sites that other companies have de-platformed elsewhere for hate speech and other content violations, including 8chan, Gab, and Parler. Epik contacted the website about potential violation of its own rules concerning the collection of medical data about people obtaining abortions.
It would be a shame if prolifewhistleblower had a super hard time finding any credible reports and their site crashed. pic.twitter.com/QD3An4XHPt
— Allison Sanchez (@_A_Sanch) September 2, 2021
Texas Right to Life is currently seeking another webhost.
As part of the new draconian anti-woman law in Texas, they're asking for people to snitch on prolifewhistleblower-dot-com. Now, I'm NOT SAYING you should go flood their website with bogus anonymous tips, I'm just saying that it's a thing that could be done… pic.twitter.com/liJImNh441
— Chains K Murder Ballad (@JamesKBallard) September 2, 2021