'Lex Luthor Of The Internet': Meet The Man Keeping Far-Right Websites Alive - 2021-02-08

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F97.png 'Lex Luthor Of The Internet': Meet The Man Keeping Far-Right Websites Alive February 8, 2021, Bobby Allyn, National Public Radio

"If you wanted to cast a villain who was going to be the Lex Luthor of the Internet, Rob Monster is about as good as it gets," he joked during a recent interview at his lakeside home in the former logging community of Sammamish, Wash., outside Seattle.

Monster's website-services company Epik, which calls itself "the Swiss bank of the domain industry," kept a fairly modest profile for years by buying and selling popular names like Diamond.com and 3D.com.

That changed in 2018 after a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue left 11 people dead. The alleged killer had posted anti-Semitic messages on the right-leaning social network Gab shortly before the massacre. Gab's domain registrar, GoDaddy, dumped it and the site went dark.

Until Monster stepped in.

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{{cite news | first = Bobby | last = Allyn | title = 'Lex Luthor Of The Internet': Meet The Man Keeping Far-Right Websites Alive | url = https://www.npr.org/2021/02/08/965448572/meet-the-man-behind-epik-the-tech-firm-keeping-far-right-websites-alive | work = National Public Radio | date = February 8, 2021 | accessdate = September 18, 2021 }}