Internet companies stop providing services to 8chan after El Paso deadly shooting

The cybersecurity and domain name registrar companies Cloudflare and Tucows have terminated 8Chan as a customer after the shooting in El Paso. 8chan, an imageboard website of user-created message boards, has been used for harmful activism. Days before the deadly shooting in El Paso, Texas, the perpetrator of the massacre had spread his manifesto in the platform. The same happened in the Christchurch and Poway synagogue shootings. 8Chan alleges that owners moderate each board with no interaction from the website administration and, therefore, has no liability for illegal content under American laws. Cloudflare stated “the action we take today won’t fix hate online. It will almost certainly not even remove 8Chan from the Internet. But it’s the right thing to do”. As a result of Cloudflare and Tucows’ actions, 8Chan changed its domain register to BitMitigate which supports freedom of speech as fundamental rights in American society.

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