Cloudflare Ends 8Chan Service in Wake of Recent US Shootings

The United States is in mourning following two mass shootings that left 29 people dead in less than 24 hours

The United States is in mourning following two mass shootings that left 29 people dead in less than 24

Voxility, another internet services company, said Monday it would also cease working with 8chan.

After Cloudflare dropped 8chan, the site moved to Seattle-based firm Epik and briefly went back online, replaying a almost identical chain of events from two years ago: In August 2017, Cloudflare stopped providing services to the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer.

BitMitigate, Voxility and 8chan have not responded to a request for comment from Business Insider. "8chan is coming back online across the world as dns is propagated".

"We do not tolerate hate speech".

There have been numerous calls for 8chan to be taken offline in the past, and Cloudflare has previously considered removing its protective services from the site.

Epik a year ago began providing services to Gab, a self-described "free speech social network" that has attracted plenty of antisemitic users.

In a statement to CBS News, Epik said its "services fill the ever-growing need for a neutral service provider that will not arbitrarily terminate accounts based on social or political pressure". "However this must absolutely occur within the bounds of the law". As the Associated Press reports, 8chan went offline at midnight Pacific time, even though it's unclear whether Cloudflare was the sole hosting platform for the site.

The US cybersecurity firm Cloudflare announced Monday that it is dropping the anonymous, unmoderated message board 8chan amid claims the El Paso shooter had posted a racist screed there. The shooter who attacked a mosque in New Zealand and the man who opened fire in a Poway, California, synagogue also posted documents to 8chan prior to their rampages.

Prince wrote that the company "did not take this decision lightly" as they "feel incredibly uncomfortable about playing the role of content arbiter", but they "draw the line at platforms that demonstrated they directly inspire tragic events and are lawless by design". That site is still online as it has found other companies that have provided similar services.

"When you have these environments and you have a growing number of people in our country who are disaffected, who don't have strong social contacts ... the information exchanged on these sites can influence behavior of vulnerable people and that's why we're seeing an increase in violence", he said.

'8chan has repeatedly proven itself to be a cesspool of hate, ' wrote Prince.

Even if that weren't the case, content on sites like 8chan is also hard to stamp out because users can simply move on if moderators grow stricter or if a site shuts down.

Within a few hours of losing security from Cloudflare, 8chan was able to move to one of its competitors, BitMitigate, highlighting the difficulties in removing a website completely from the internet.

"This company is no longer using our services". "But it sets a unsafe precedent when a company that most of your viewers have never heard of is effectively deciding what can and cannot be on the internet".

Cloudflare even posted a list of criticisms about its decision to its website.

"We must recognize that the internet has provided a risky avenue to radicalize, disturb minds, and perform demented acts", Trump said. "I have little doubt we'll see the same happen with 8chan".

"Whenever I hear about a mass shooting, I say, "All right, we have to research if there's an 8chan connection", Brennan told the New York Times on Sunday.

"If it's going to keep on like this it should be shut down", he said.

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