From the weird stuff department; I wouldn’t believe it if I didn’t see it happen with my own eyes.
- Open a separate browser tab or window
- type in antifa.com and press Enter
- Watch it send you to https://joebiden.com/
Here is the screencapped result in Microsoft Edge:
The same result occurs in Google Chrome. Note the Biden campaign logo association with the URL in the Browser which is automatic once the browser resolves the Domain Name Server which points to the website.
The domain has been around since April 2002 according to an ICANN WHOIS search:
Here’s what I think it means, but this is just a guess. (…and it’s wrong, see updates 1 and 2 below)
1. Somebody else registered it that has nothing to do with the rioting organization we know today as “Antifa”.
2. It was probably a domain cybersquatter that heard the term back then and registered it. That is a pretty common thing to happen.
3. He/she hasn’t been able to sell it.
4. He/she probably edited the antifa.com parking/landing page, added code to redirect to JoeBiden.com as a sales ploy, hoping the Biden campaign will pay to remove it at some point, or maybe even buy the domain to keep it from associating negatives on them.
OTOH, maybe not….maybe they simply don’t care. Either way, it’s weird and somewhat prescient given how long-silent the Biden campaign has been on riots and destruction until very recently.
h/t to Willis Eschenbach
Commenter Phaedo used the utility cURL to discover the nature of the redirection. In a nutshell, it goes first to kamalaharris.org, which then redirects to joebiden.com
[root@localhost ~]# curl -i antifa.com
HTTP/1.1 302 Found
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2020 06:12:47 GMT
Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8
X-Served-By: Namecheap URL Forward
[root@localhost ~]# curl -i kamalaharris.org
HTTP/1.1 302 Moved Temporarily
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2020 06:13:07 GMT
Cache-Control: private, max-age=0, no-store, no-cache, must-revalidate, post-check=0, pre-check=0
Expires: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:01 GMT
the first redirect, from antifa.com, goes to kamalaharris.org, which then redirects to joebiden.com
Additionally, commenter Greg discovered that the original antifa.com was for sale, and the redirection seems intentional on the part of the domain name owners. From:
We have this image:
waybackmachine has this going back to 1999, though no content installed.
Nov 21 2008 for sale page:
Later, generic for sale pages did not give an asking price but suggested anything below 500 was not likely to get a reply.
Apr 20 2017 seems to be the last for sale page for a while. After that a blank white page was archived until late 2019. Jan 30 2020 was the last for sale archived.
Did someone bite ? Maybe someone recd. a donation ?
31st May 2020 is the first actual Antifa content archived. It shows the red flag/black flag logo with ( German ) “antifaschistische aktion” lettering, below the headline text:
We Are Antifa: Join Us & Take Action Antifa.com
Last Updated: 31/05/2020
( Floyd killing was 25th. )
Jul 22 2020 forwarded to antifa.com channel on Utube. Though there does not seem to be a lot of content at that time.
ANTIFA.COM – Join Us & Take Action – YOU’RE INVITED: Join Anonymously & Get Access to Member Only Information You Need to Win. BECAUSE: Losing to the “Fascist-Status-Quo” is Not an Option. ~ Antifa
Jul 24 2020 back to the red flag/black flag logo with “antifaschistische aktion” lettering.
8th Aug 2020 seems to be the first 301 Moved Permanently redirection to joebiden.com
from 12 – 14th Aug, someone seems to have been spamming wayback with archive requests. Maybe some attempt to promote the site?
16 – 25th Aug got 302 Moved Temporarily redirection to itsgoingdown.org.
“a digital community center for anarchist, anti-fascist, autonomous anti-capitalist and anti-colonial movements. ”
20th Aug is first archived 302 Moved Temporarily redirection to kamilaharris.org
Joining the dots, it looks like some actual Antifa “non organisation” got enough serious money to buy this domain in Jan 2020. It went live with english text and german Antifa logo in the week after the Floyd homicide.
During DNC 2020 it was redirecting to another very organised “non organisation” anarchist campaign website itsgoingdown.org .