- Online message board 8chan is down after being involved in the Walmart massacre in El Paso, Texas — the third mass shooting it has been linked to this year.
- Cloudflare, the security firm that protected 8chan from cyberattacks, terminated support for 8chan at midnight Pacific Time. 8chan went down moments later.
- Fredrick Brennan, who started 8chan in 2013, welcomed Cloudflare’s decision to cut ties with the website.
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8chan, the online message board used by the El Paso mass shooter to telegraph his attack, is offline after its security services provider withdrew support for the website.
Cloudflare, the Silicon Valley company that protected 8chan from cyberattacks, announced on Monday that it had terminated its relationship with 8chan, describing it as a “cesspool of hate.”
Cloudflare withdrew its services at midnight Pacific Time, and moments later 8chan was forced offline. The message board did warn users this would happen, tweeting that it expected some downtime. It said it is working to resolve the matter.
Some of you might’ve read the @Cloudflare news already. They’re dropping 8chan. https://t.co/FQJrv9wzvn
There might be some downtime in the next 24-48 hours while we find a solution (that includes our email so timely compliance with law enforcement requests may be affected).
— 8chan (8ch.net) (@infinitechan) August 5, 2019
The 21-year-old suspect behind the El Paso shooting, which left 20 people dead and dozens injured, is said to have used 8chan to distribute a manifesto supporting his actions.
Police are working to determine whether the suspect wrote the document, which conveyed a fear that Hispanic people would take over Texas and turn it into a “Democrat stronghold.” The shooting is being treated as a “domestic terrorist” case.
Read more: The founder of 8chan, the anonymous online messaging board that’s a haven for extremist content, calls for the site to be shut down
The El Paso incident is far from isolated in its links to 8chan. The message board was also used to announce the mosque massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March, and the synagogue shooting in Poway, California, in April.
Fredrick Brennan, who started 8chan in 2013, tweeted about the site, saying it has a “morbid record of success for maximum spread of mass shooting manifestos” and that moderation on the site is “lax to non-existent.”
He welcomed Cloudflare’s decision to cut ties with 8chan. “Thank you so much @CloudFlare. Finally this nightmare might have an end.
“I just want to go back to making my fonts in peace and not have to worry about getting phone calls from CNN/New York Times every time a mass shooting happens,” he said.
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