When business ethics trumps the ‘freedom of speech’. It’s one thing to position yourself as a platform not a publisher, another to be aware of the content and do nothing about it. I wonder how long before the first DDoS attack?…:
On Saturday a 21-year-old male allegedly shot up a crowded mall in El Paso, Texas, killing 20 and injuring a further 26. Hours later, authorities found a 2,300-word manifesto the killer had written and posted onto 8chan prior to the massacre. It’s the third case of a mass shooter uploading a manifesto onto 8chan before committing an atrocity, and an April shooting in a Californian synagogue. As pressure mounts for action to be taken against the site, online security platform Cloudflare has ditched 8chan, rendering 8chan vulnerable to DDoS and other attacks.
“8chan is among the more than 19 million Internet properties that use Cloudflare’s service,” company CEO Matthew Prince wrote in a Sunday blog post. “We just sent notice that we are terminating 8chan as a customer effective at midnight tonight Pacific Time.
“The rationale is simple: They have proven themselves to be lawless and that lawlessness has caused multiple tragic deaths. Even if 8chan may not have violated the letter of the law in refusing to moderate their hate-filled community, they have created an environment that revels in violating its spirit.”
It follows the founder of 8chan, Fredrick Brennan, telling the New York Times the site he created should be brought down. “Shut the site down,” he told the publication in an interview. “Whenever I hear about a mass shooting, I say, ‘All right, we have to research if there’s an 8chan connection.”