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Loser.com trolls Vladimir Putin, redirecting to his Wikipedia page

Topline

The site perdant.com redirects to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Wikipedia page, making the strongman the latest bold name to be roasted by the site’s owner, who has used it to ridicule a flood of celebrities and politicians .

Highlights

Website owner Brian Connelly redirected the URL to former President Donald Trump’s Wikipedia page after Trump came second in the Iowa caucus in 2016, and again in 2020 after declining to concede the presidential election he lost to then-president-elect Joe Biden. .

It is unclear when the website started redirecting to Putin’s Wikipedia page.

The website previously targeted artist Kanye West in 2015 after criticizing Grammy-winning musician Beck, former VP Al Gore, Reddit in 2012 and Google.com.

Surprising fact

Connelly said in a 2015 interview with the daily beast that he had sometimes used the URL to build support for websites he wanted to give more traffic to, including former President Barack Obama’s campaign in 2008 and Wikileaks in 2010.

Key context

Connelly told reporters he’s owned the website since 1995 and his wife registered the domain for $35. The website came about after he told his wife about an online ‘wall of losers’ he had made of unpleasant customers he encountered while running an internet service provider in South Carolina. , according to daily beast.

Further reading

A Brief History of Loser.com, the Internet’s Top Troll (Washington Post)

Loser.com now redirects to the Donald Trump Wikipedia page (Time)

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