8chan, launched in 2013, has become one of the most dangerous places on the Internet in terms of the supremacist radicalization of some of its members, as it has been in this popular image board the place where in 2019, at least three users have posted notices and communiqués before committing attacks such as the one in El Paso on Saturday morning, which has left 20 dead.
The same thing happened in Christchurch, where 51 people died, and in the synagogue of the Chabad Congregation in Poway, where one person died. 8chan was already a place where racism, extremism and misogyny, toxic values, were normalised, but what was cultivated in the forum is already transcending innocent people with disproportionate fierceness.
All this has led to a request by the creator of 8chan, Fredrick Brennan, who is detached from the web since 2015, to close the website. As reported by The New York Times, Brennan has said “Close the site. It’s not doing the world any good. It’s completely negative for everyone except for the users who are there. And you know what? It’s also negative for them. But they don’t realize it.”
As I told @RealEnverHoxha, 8chan only should be shut down due to Jim’s chaotic administration. 8chan is full of incitements to violence. Literal mass murderers are using it but they don’t seem to care. “Embrace infamy,” the edgelords who run it say. They’re laughing with Brenton.
— Fredrick Brennan (@HW_BEAT_THAT) August 4, 2019
Following the El Paso bombing, Matthew Prince, CEO and co-founder of Cloudflare, has issued a statement by which the popular CDN ceases to offer its services to 8Chan. His reasons for saying goodbye to the site are well summed up in one sentence: “They (8Chan) have proven to be anarchists, and that anarchy has caused multiple tragic deaths”.
Prince accuses 8Chan of not to moderate the site and he points to the web as the generator of a toxic context. The decision to withdraw support, Prince says, has not been taken lightly. Generally, Cloudflare gives support regardless of the content of the sites, even tolerating “content they find reprehensible”. However, the CEO claims that 8Chan has crossed the line of inspiring tragic events and being anarchic by design.
Until it finds an alternative to Cloudflare, 8Chan remains vulnerable to DDoS attacks.
… and many people hope it happens.