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00:35  15 august  2019
00:35  15 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.

The House Homeland Security Committee has called on the owner of 8 chan , an unmonitored web forum frequented by white supremacists, to testify before the panel in light of the site’s connections to three mass shootings in the past year. Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and ranking member

The U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security is a standing committee of the United States House of Representatives. Its responsibilities include U.S. security legislation and oversight of the

8chan owner Jim Watkins has been commanded 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.

8chan owner commanded to testify before Homeland Security committee© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. 8chan owner Jim Watkins has been commanded to appear before the US Committee on Homeland Security. 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. Just prior to the El Paso attack, the suspected gunman posted a hate-filled statement on 8chan, an anonymous online forum.

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The top members of the House Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday called for the owner of fringe social networking platform 8 chan to testify before Congress about the controversial website, which has been implicated in three mass shootings this.

Homeland Security is now trying to bully “Gentleman Jim” Watkins. They are “requesting” that he appear before a panel, in the same way the Combine “requests” that you pick up But if he doesn’t, he will forever have “refused a request to appear before Homeland Security ” attached to his name.

Watkins is required to testify on "matters of inquiry" and is "not to depart without leave of said committee," the subpoena says.

The House Committee on Homeland Security originally requested on Aug. 6 that he appear in front of Congress to address the proliferation of extremist content on 8chan.

Watkins said in a YouTube video Tuesday that 8chan has been down by choice for the last week until he speaks with "Homeland Security".

"The website has been offline voluntarily for the last week," he said in a video filmed from the Sands Regency Casino Hotel in Reno, Nevada, according to the YouTube description. The video came in response to media reports that incorrectly stated an alleged gunman accused of an attempted terrorist attack on a mosque in Norway on Saturday posted on the 8chan message board prior to the incident.

Norway mosque shooter allegedly posted to 8chan before attack

Norway mosque shooter allegedly posted to 8chan before attack He reportedly attempted to live-stream the attack on Facebook , but was unable to do so. Following the New Zealand attack, Facebook and YouTube were forced to remove millions of copies of the shooter’s video, and Facebook implemented new restrictions on who would be permitted to post live video to the platform. The company indicated that it would apply a “one-strike” policy for users who violated its community standards. It’s not immediately clear if these restrictions prevented today’s shooter from streaming the incident, and Facebook did not immediately respond to multiple requests for comment.

House Homeland Security Committee Calls For 8 chan Owner To Testify . The House Committee on Homeland Security is calling for the owner of 8 chan to testify . The gunman in the El Paso shooting reportedly posted a racist and anti-immigrant manifesto on 8 chan minutes before opening fire.

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.

8chan owner commanded to testify before Homeland Security committee© CNET

8chan owner Jim Watkins has been commanded to appear before the US Committee on Homeland Security.

"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."

Following the El Paso shooting, 8chan was mostly offline after a series of hosting companies, starting with Cloudflare, chose to stop working with the site.

The Committee on Homeland Security didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

8chan owner commanded to testify before Homeland Security committee© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc.
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