If you go to the website of the neo-Nazi publication the Daily Stormer,
https://dailystormer.su/ (I am not going to give them free SEO), you can see the certificate is issued with the blessing of Let’s Encrypt.
This is incredibly harmful. From Wikipedia:
The Daily Stormer is an American far-right neo-Nazi, white supremacist, and Holocaust denial commentary and message board website that advocates for the genocide of Jews. It considers itself a part of the alt-right movement. Its editor, Andrew Anglin, founded it on July 4, 2013, as a faster-paced replacement for his previous website Total Fascism . The website also publishes its content in Spain and Latin America, Italy and Greece.
In June 2019, a federal judge ordered Anglin to pay $4.1 million to comedian Dean Obeidallah, whom Anglin had falsely accused of orchestrating the Manchester Arena bombing. In July 2019, a federal magistrate recommended that Anglin pay $14 million to Tanya Gersh, a woman from Whitefish, Montana whom Anglin had organized a targeted harassment campaign against.
All serious infrastructure companies (from Wikipedia: GoDaddy, Google, YouTube, Facebook, Discord, CloudFlare, Namecheap, DreamHost, ISNIC) have taken steps to kick white supremacy and violent hatred off their platform, and it’s time for Let’s Encrypt to do the same.
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Hate speech is illegal and criminal, and violates obligations to society (paradox of tolerance). It is a reasonable and lawful ground for revocation.
Therefore, you should do your part and help kick the Nazis off your platform.