@Gargron Flamewar detector probably pushed it down. HN's ranking system is steeped in mystery. But I'm fairly confident the mods don't artificially push legitimate discussions off the front page.
(Note the CEO of Cloudflare has also commented in said discussion.)
@0x1C3B00DA @Gargron @natanji Domains are frequently seized. Check out recent news regarding Backpage or Sci-Hub. Sci-Hub's actually a great example because they've been trying to evade the judgment by jumping to different country code domains.
The Microsoft data question involved data about a US user, that just happened to be stored in Ireland. Cloud providers can't evade the law by holding data in other countries.
But if a given entity both lives in, and operates using services in, a country where their activity is legal, there should be nothing that the US can do about it.
I was a bit surprised Cloudflare pulled Switter so easily/quickly, they've put up much more of a fight against these things before, but expecting a US company not to obey US law was a mistake, Switter should never have gone with them.