The security and digital infrastructure company Cloudflare said Sunday that it will no longer provide its services to 8chan, the site where El Paso (Texas) shooter Patrick Crusius would have published a racist “manifesto” before the massacre.
In a blog post announcing the move, Cloudflare chief executive Matthew Prince described the site without censorship as a “black pit of hate. ” “8chan is among the more than 19 million Internet sites that use the Cloudflare service. We have just sent a warning that we are canceling 8chan,” Prince wrote.
“The reason is simple: they have proven to be anarchic and that anarchy has caused multiple tragic deaths. Even if 8chan may not have violated the law by refusing to moderate his hateful community, they have created an environment that delights in violating his spirit.”.
Other right-wing, misogynist and conspiracy theorist extremists have published in 8chan, which does not moderate its content.
The Cloudflare measure leaves 8chan without cybersecurity and other services, which could be exposed to distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, where hackers tear down a site by flooding it with fake traffic.
8chan remained offline on Monday morning and his administrator tweeted that they would move to a new service after Cloudflare was terminated.
The mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio are horrific tragedies. In the case of the El Paso shooting, the suspected terrorist gunman appears to have been inspired by the forum website…
Prince said Cloudflare had not made his decision lightly. “Reluctantly, we tolerate content that we consider reprehensible, but we draw the line on platforms that have proven to directly inspire tragic events and are illegal by design,” he wrote. “8chan crossed that line.”
It is believed that shortly before the El Paso shooting on Saturday, the suspect, a white man identified by the media as Patrick Crusius, published a racist “manifesto” in 8chan that includes passages against the “Hispanic invasion” of Texas.
The author praised the attacks on Christchurch mosques in New Zealand, which were also announced in 8chan, in racist writing allegedly published by the author of the massacre.
8chan founder Frederick Brennan, who has severed his ties to the site, said it should be closed. Now, 8chan is owned by Jim Watkins, an American veteran who lives in the Philippines.