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Technology Controversial site 8chan tries to return under 8kun name

19:40  09 october  2019
19:40  09 october  2019 Source:   cnet.com

8chan owner says site will stay down until he talks with Congress

8chan owner says site will stay down until he talks with Congress He says the image board is offline "voluntarily."

Notorious imageboard 8chan has rebranded itself as 8kun. The site went offline in August following a mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart, and this is the first mention of a new site.

a close up of a sign: 8chan has a new name. 8chan© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. 8chan has a new name. 8chan

The official 8chan Twitter account tweeted a video featuring the new logo on Sunday. 8kun -- "kun" is a Japanese suffix used when speaking to teenage boys, while "chan" is for children -- is not online yet. The site was registered with Toronto-based Tucows, one of the largest domain registrars in the world, on Sept. 7.

Tucows didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on registering the new site.

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

8chan went offline on Aug. 5 after security platform Cloudflare dropped its support of the site following the Aug. 3 mass shooting in an El Paso Walmart shooting that left 22 people dead. A hate-filled screed from the alleged gunman had been posted to 8chan shortly before the attack. Site owner Jim Watkins said 8chan would stay offline voluntarily and would return after he spoke with the US House Committee on Homeland Security, which requested that he appear in front of Congress. He spoke with the committee on Sept. 5, but the site stayed offline.

a close up of a sign: 8chan has a new name.© CNET

8chan has a new name.

Fredrick Brennan, 8chan's creator, who has since distanced himself from the site, tweeted his thoughts regarding the rebranding, saying "I don't want 8chan to come back."

8chan admins didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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What might happen to 8chan? (The Daily Charge, 8/7/2019)

8chan returns without its most notorious community .
The anonymous forum 8chan is back, although it might not be the anything-goes site it once was. The newly rebranded 8kun launched on November 3rd with many of 8chan's boards having made the migration. There's now a more prominent disclaimer that 8kun will remove any content deemed illegal in the US, however. The site operators (including Ron Watkins, the son of 8chan owner Jim Watkins) are clearly aware of the former site's reputation as a havenThe new site doesn't currently include /pol/, the 8chan board where shooters posted their manifestos. It's not yet clear if that's by choice, but the absence is conspicious.

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