Cybersecurity firm Cloudflare drops 8chan in wake of El Paso mass shooting

Mourner Amanda Luke holds a sign at vigil following the mass shooting in Dayton Ohio

Mourner Amanda Luke holds a sign at vigil following the mass shooting in Dayton Ohio

The Seattle region may have a reputation as a liberal enclave but it's also home to a safe haven for right-wing extremism. Multiple mass shooters have been participants on its forums, and the El Paso shooter appears to have posted a manifesto on the site before he started his rampage.

The balance between allowing free speech and enabling white supremacy has been an ongoing discussion in the internet industry and community.

The El Paso massacre is at least the third atrocity this year where a suspect is believed to have posted to 8chan in advance of an attack. Without Cloudflare's support, 8chan went down nearly immediately, according to multiple media reports. "8chan has repeatedly proven itself to be a cesspool of hate".

Kaye said that in the absence of USA government action on online speech, the most Americans can hope for is that companies like Cloudflare are transparent about their policies regarding hate speech - and what should be regarded as incitement to violence and not tolerated.

"This is a firm stand from our team and we will not reinstall services for this reseller". Epik has since acquired BitMitigate. More on that later. On Monday morning, Stanford University researcher and former Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos pointed out that some of Epik's servers are rented from another company.

About one hour later, 8chan administrator Ron Watkins posted to Twitter that the site was switching to BitMitigate.

Epik founder and CEO Robert Monster. We will continue to engage with lawmakers around the world as they set the boundaries of what is acceptable in their countries through due process of law. "However this must absolutely occur within the bounds of the law". The same as any other website.

"Once again, a terrorist used 8chan to spread his message as he knew people would save and spread it", Brennan told the Washington Post in an interview on Sunday. That's because a website security company called Cloudflare has dropped the site, making it vulnerable to hackers.

After Cloudflare dropped The Daily Stormer - the first time the company had ever cut a client off from its services - Prince said the decision was a hard one and expressed discomfort with the notion of online service companies acting as arbiters for content.

In 2017 when Cloudflare cut off the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi, white-supremacist website, BitMitigate helped the site get back online.

"We just sent notice that we are terminating 8chan as a customer effective at midnight tonight Pacific Time", wrote Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince in a blog post.

"Almost exactly two years ago we made the determination to kick another disgusting site off Cloudflare's network: the Daily Stormer", Prince wrote. Another shooter suspected of killing a person at a synagogue outside of San Diego posted links to a hate-filled open letter and tried to use 8chan to share a livestream on the site.

On Monday, the online forum 8chan went offline when the company Cloudflare, which creates software that protects 8chan from cyberattacks, yanked its support, according to Fox News, which added that Cloudfare took action at 3 a.m. ET.

"People say, 'you have created kind of like a Frankenstein's monster, you were not really thinking about the effects this could have on society ... and now it's come back to haunt you, '" he said.