A popular conservative blog is being deplatformed by its web hosting partner following a vague insinuation it violated the host's terms of service.
The blog, known as The Conservative Treehouse (CTH), announced that it was being removed from the widely-used blogging platform WordPress on the weekend, following a 10-year relationship with the company.
"After ten years of brutally honest discussion, opinion, deep research and crowdsourcing work -with undeniable citations on the events we outline- there is no cited violation of any term of service because CTH has never violated one," the blog's announcement said.
"The WordPress company is not explaining the reason for deplatforming because there is no justifiable reason for it. At the same time, they are bold in their position. Perhaps this is the most alarming part; and everyone should pay attention. They don’t care," CTH continued.
On Monday, WordPress, a subsidiary of a company called Automattic, responded to CTH's request for further information, telling the blog that they found "consistent violations" of their terms of service, as well as "our prohibition against calls to violence."
No specific violation was mentioned. Website operators claim that CTH generates somewhere between 500,000 to 1-million unique visitors per day.
"[T]here’s no hate-speech on this website; there’s no graphic, violent, foul or abusive speech here," the blog suggested.
"The ‘content‘ of the Treehouse is the same discussion that happens around your kitchen table or back porch discussion with friends. We would never cheapen or insult that conversation with vulgarity because that’s not who we are… because that’s not who our nation is."
The authors received a deadline of December 2 before the website will be removed from WordPress, and have vowed to transition to a new hosting service shortly.