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A photo of Heather Heyer, who was killed during a white nationalist rally, sits on the ground at a memorial the day her life was celebrated at the Paramount Theater, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)A photo of Heather Heyer, who was killed during a white nationalist rally, sits on the ground at a memorial the day her life was celebrated at the Paramount Theater, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (Evan Vucci)

In the aftermath of a tumultuous and tragic weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, ignited by opposition to the city’s decision to remove a Robert E. Lee statue and fueled by slur-slinging and violence, a small group of technology companies have leveraged their contractual powers to rebuke white nationalism, banning specific users from their platforms over their views.

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