8Chan Shuttered, Loses Hosting Services Over El Paso Shooter’s Manifesto Posting

The free speech forum 8Chan was briefly shuttered, Monday, when one of its services providers pulled the plug after a manifesto possibly belonging to the El Paso shooter was found posted there.

The chat board site, which bills itself as a pure free speech zone, has garnered criticism in the past for agreeing to host boards with extreme content. And after an entry was found that was purportedly made by the man accused of murdering 22 people in El Paso, 8Chan lost the support of its cybersecurity service from the Internet company called Cloudflare.

Cloudflare offers services such as protection against cyberattacks that can cripple the operations of a website. It also helps prevent hackers breaking in and adding malware and other malicious code to the site when the site’s owners are not looking.

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Cloudflare’s CEO, Matthew Prince, wrote in a blog post that his company was dropping 8chan, which the Anti-Defamation League has tied to the rise of online extremism, after gunmen in Christchurch, New Zealand, and Poway, California, also used the site.

“The rationale is simple: They have proven themselves to be lawless, and that lawlessness has caused multiple tragic deaths,” Prince said of the decision. “Even if 8chan may not have violated the letter of the law in refusing to moderate their hate-filled community, they have created an environment that revels in violating its spirit.”

Cloudflare was not the only Internet services company to dump 8Chan. The site Voxility also ceased doing business with 8Chan.

8Chan quickly found a replacement service, but throughout the day Monday the site was sporadic as it switched services.

So, 8Chan quickly announced that the Washington-based web services provider Epik.com would be taking over its services and 8Chan was back up — if with spotty service — not long after Cloudflare dumped it as a client.

According to the AP:

The operators of 8chan said there might be downtime in the next one or two days as the site sought a solution, and online records indicated the site had been moved to a new domain host: Sammamish, Washington-based web services provider Epik.com.

The company bills itself on its site as “the Swiss bank of domains.” Epik.com did not immediately respond to requests sent by email and via LinkedIn

But, once again, what we are seeing is liberals moving to put an end to free speech as their first strike to “solve” situations they don’t like.

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