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Technology8chan owner Jim Watkins subpoenaed to testify before House committee

00:35  15 august  2019
00:35  15 august  2019 Source:   theverge.com

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Officials expect Watkins to testify before the committee on September 5 as part of the group's ongoing oversight work on countering extremist "Today the Committee on Homeland Security issued a subpoena to Jim Watkins , the owner of the website 8 chan . In recent years, violent extremist

8 chan owner Jim Watkins YouTube. More On: El Paso Walmart shooting. The House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee demanded that owner Jim Watkins , an American living in the Philippines, testify about 8 chan ’s efforts to address “the proliferation of extremist content

The House Homeland Security Committee subpoenaed the owner of 8chan, Jim Watkins, on Wednesday in an attempt to force the Philippines-based entrepreneur to testify before lawmakers next month. The subpoena follows a series of white supremacist-inspired attacks across the world this year, many of which were linked to 8chan.

8chan owner Jim Watkins subpoenaed to testify before House committee© Photo by Gabriella Demczuk/Getty Images

“We have questions on what is being done to counter this trend so we can be sure it is being properly addressed,” Reps. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and Mike Rogers (R-AL) said in a statement. “Receiving testimony from Mr. Watkins is critical to our oversight on this matter.”

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Now, its owner Jim Watkins is facing a call to testify before the House Homeland Security Committee and his company, N.T. Technology, may be Watkins also aired some gripes about what he claimed were large tech companies working to silence free speech and shut down forums where

The House 's Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson and Ranking Member Mike Rogers have sent a letter to 8 chan owner Jim Watkins asking him to testify about the site's efforts to "investigate and mitigate" the appearance of extremist content, including white supremacist material.

“We have questions on what is being done”

The subpoena requests that Watkins testify before the committee on September 5th at 9:30AM. Watkins has not publicly responded as of publication. However, he did post a video to YouTube on Sunday saying that his team has kept 8chan offline until they speak with lawmakers. It’s unclear whether the lawmakers have requested that it remain inaccessible until that time.

“The website has been offline voluntarily for the last week,” Watkins said. “It’s really, really sad. Please don’t blame me.”

The subpoena follows a request made by the same lawmakers last week to have Watkins come before the committee following the El Paso, Texas shooting earlier this month. That attack resulted in the death of over 20 people at a local Walmart and the suspected shooter posted a white nationalist screed to 8chan only a few minutes before the shooting occurred. It was the latest shooting in a string of extremist attacks in which shooters have posted white supremacist-inspired manifestos to the fringe message board before carrying out an attack. The Christchurch, New Zealand shooter, who killed over 50 people at a mosque, was the first and posted his own screed on the site, linking to a Facebook live stream of the attack as well.

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8 chan 's Jim Watkins is asked to 'provide testimony regarding 8 chan ’s efforts to investigate and mitigate MANILA, Philippines – Internet forum 8 chan 's troubles are far from over, as current owner Jim Watkins has been summoned to testify before the US House Homelang Security Committee .

The House Homeland Security Committee demanded in a letter Tuesday that 8 chan owner Jim Watkins , an American Web entrepreneur living in the Philippines, provide answers on how the company had responded in the wake of three mass shootings this year promoted and celebrated on

“In recent years, violent extremist content has proliferated on both large and small social media platforms,” Johnson and Rogers said in a statement. “At least three acts of deadly white supremacist extremist violence have been linked to 8chan in the last six months.”

You can read the subpoena below:

8chan owner commanded to testify before Homeland Security committee.
Jim Watkins has been subpoenaed to appear before the US Committee on Homeland Security. The subpoena was signed on Wednesday, and tells Watkins to testify at a deposition (pdf) on Sep. 5 at 9:30 a.m. ET following two recent mass shootings on US soil. © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. 8chan owner Jim Watkins has been commanded to appear before the US C Jim Watkins On Aug. 4, nine people died in a shooting in Dayton, Ohio. The day before, 20 people died in a shooting in a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, with another two victims dying two days afterward.

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