KKK.com is registered at Enom, and the domain name expired in mid-October. As a result of its expiration, KKK.com was automatically sent to an expiry auction at GoDaddy Auctions. By mid-day yesterday, the auction had a high bid of nearly $100,000 with a little over a week until the auction would end.
In response to a tweet mentioning the KKK.com auction, Media Options CEO Andrew Rosener wrote about the domain name and suggested that GoDaddy cancel the auction:
Yes but https://t.co/lboRgE6dN8 is a very dangerous one because of its obvious tie to Klu Klux Klan.
— Andrew Rosener (@andrewrosener) November 13, 2022
Paul Nicks, President of the Domains division at GoDaddy, took immediate action to cancel the auction and block it from appearing on GoDaddy Auctions in the future:
Thanks for the mentions folks. Name has been removed and blocked from ever showing up on Auctions again.
— Paul Nicks (@PaulENicks) November 13, 2022
I reached out to Paul to ask him about canceling the auction, and here’s what Paul told me:
“First, I’d like to thank Andrew Rosener for bringing this domain to my attention, self policing as an industry is incredibly important.
As for our takedown action, we won’t be associated with hate, so I made the easy decision to cancel the auction and block it from ever appearing on GoDaddy Auctions again.”
I think there are a few things that could happen with this domain name. It could be renewed and the original registrant will get the domain name back. If that doesn’t happen, Enom could put the domain name into its own portfolio since it can not be auctioned at GoDaddy Auctions. The company could then sell, use, renew and kill DNS, or donate the domain name. If that doesn’t happen, Enom could allow the domain name to delete where other auction platforms will try to catch and auction it.
I am not sure what will ultimately happen with KKK.com. I think it is commendable that GoDaddy could have turned a blind eye and sold the domain name for six figures but opted to not be associated with this domain name.
Update: The nameservers reverted back to what they were previously, so it looks like the domain name may have been renewed at Enom.