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Technology8chan owner says site will stay down until he talks with Congress

19:42  13 august  2019
19:42  13 august  2019 Source:   cnet.com

8chan loses another ally as Congress demands owner come testify

8chan loses another ally as Congress demands owner come testify The anonymous message board remained offline Tuesday as its leadership faced new fire on multiple fronts.

8 chan owner Jim Watkins says the alleged shooter didn't post the manifesto to his site . Watkins, who appeared in front of an image of Benjamin Franklin, said the site had made law enforcement He also suggested -- though didn't directly state -- that the man accused of the Walmart attack in El Paso

Congress Tuesday called on the owner of online forum 8 Chan to testify after the infamous site was linked to The House Homeland Security Committee demanded site owner Jim Watkins explain how the anonymous He responded to the letter from Congress on Twitter, offering to talk over the phone.

8chan owner Jim Watkins uploaded a video to YouTube on Sunday in response to media reports that incorrectly said an alleged gunman, accused of an attempted terrorist attack on a mosque in Norway on Saturday, posted on the message board prior to the incident. Watkins says in the video that the image board has been down, by choice, for the last week and it wouldn't be possible to post anything to the site.

8chan owner says site will stay down until he talks with Congress© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. A screenshot from 8chan owner Jim Watkins' video responding to a shooting in Oslo, Norway. Jim Watkins/YouTube 8chan owner says site will stay down until he talks with Congress© CNET

A screenshot from 8chan owner Jim Watkin's video responding to a shooting in Oslo, Norway.

Instagram denies 8chan owner's claim about El Paso shooting manifesto

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He said , "Whenever I hear about a mass shooting, I say ,'All right, we have to research if there's an He found a connection quickly. Moments before the El Paso shooting on Saturday, a Former members of 8 chan have scattered across the internet after the far-right site was shut down over the

Последние твиты от 8 chan (8ch.net) (@infinitechan). On ∞chan, you can make your own imageboard for free w/o experience or technical knowledge. Preferred pronouns: [email protected] The Darkest Reaches of the Internet.

"The website has been offline voluntarily for the last week," he said in the video taken at the Sands Regency Casino Hotel in Reno, Nevada, according to the YouTube description. "It's really really sad. Please don't blame me."

8chan owner says site will stay down until he talks with Congress© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc.
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Watkins says he will bring the site back online once he's talked with "Homeland Security." He's likely referring to the House Committee on Homeland Security, which requested he appear in front of Congress to address the proliferation of extremist content on 8chan.

"I want them to understand that we have nothing to do with this crazy violence that's been happening," he said. "I want them to understand what's been going on because it's obviously a smear by the press."

House Homeland Security Committee subpoenas 8chan owner

House Homeland Security Committee subpoenas 8chan owner The House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday subpoenaed the owner of 8chan, the internet messaging board linked to three mass shootings this year, to testify before Congress.House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and ranking member Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) issued the subpoena of Jim Watkins in order to support its ongoing probe into extremist content online."Today the Committee on Homeland Security issued a subpoena to Jim Watkins, the owner of the website 8chan," the leaders of the committee, which has partial jurisdiction over the issue of domestic terrorism, said in a statement.

Online message board 8 chan 's fortunes worsened on Tuesday, as the site was once again made homeless The House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee demanded that owner Jim Watkins Frederick Brennan, who created 8 chan in 2013, has called for the site to be closed down .

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8chan, a site popular with extremists, has been largely offline since Aug. 5 after internet security company Cloudflare and other providers decided to stop working with the site. "They have proven themselves to be lawless, and that lawlessness has caused multiple tragic deaths," Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince wrote in a blog post on Aug. 5.

The catalyst was a mass shooting that killed 22 people and injured another two dozen at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3. A hate-filled manifesto from the suspected gunman was published on 8chan just before his attack. This was the third time a gunman posted to the image board prior to committing a mass shooting.

On Saturday, a man wearing body armor and a helmet, while carrying two "shotgun-like weapons and pistol," attempted to fire on a mosque located outside of Oslo. The alleged gunman was stopped by a worshiper, according to The New York Times. When police searched the man's house after the attempted shooting, they reportedly discovered the body of a dead woman.

8chan owner Jim Watkins subpoenaed to testify before House committee

8chan owner Jim Watkins subpoenaed to testify before House committee The forum played a role in at least three mass shootings in the past year

8 chan , also called Infinitechan or Infinitychan (stylized as ∞chan), is an imageboard website composed of user-created message boards. An owner moderates each board

The anonymous message board 8 chan on Tuesday endured new attacks on multiple fronts, losing a key technical ally shortly before its owner was called before Congress to testify about the notorious site ’s racist and extremist content. The House Homeland Security Committee demanded in a letter

It appears the alleged attacker did post messages online prior to the incident, but on a different message board known as EndChan. The board's Twitter account made a statement confirming that messages, images and a link to a Facebook livestream were posted by someone claiming to be the gunman, which were removed by moderators.

The statement across multiple tweets said there had been an influx of users since 8chan's shutdown. It says that the alleged shooter is "not representative of our regular user base" and that the site has had no similar incidents since it opened in 2015.

8chan administrators and the House Committee on Homeland Security didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

Originally published Aug. 13, 8:21 a.m. PT.

Update, 8:59 a.m.: Adds more background on 8chan.

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