The Washington Post reports:
The El Paso massacre began like the fatal attacks earlier this year at mosques in New Zealand and a San Diego-area synagogue: with a racist manifesto and announcement on the anonymous message board 8chan, one of the Web’s most venomous refuges for extremist hate.
And like after the mass shootings in Christchurch and the Chabad of Poway synagogue, the El Paso attack was celebrated on 8chan as well: One of the most active threads there early Sunday urged people to create memes and original content, or OC, that could make it easier to distribute and “celebrate the [gunman’s] heroic action.”
“Once again a terrorist used 8chan to spread his message as he knew people would save it and spread it,” Fredrick Brennan, who founded 8chan in 2013 but stopped working with the site’s owners in December, told The Washington Post. “The board is a receptive audience for domestic terrorists.”
8chan is owned by an American living in the Philippines and he has defended the site as a “refuge” for free speech. Hit the link for much more.
We’ve just published the newest piece from @IwriteOK, who wrote on the El Paso shooter and the sadly predictable role of 8chan in yet another white supremacist rampage in America.https://t.co/FoWZTKySOu
— Bellingcat (@bellingcat) August 4, 2019
3. How does 8chan stay in business? The man who operates 8chan, Jim Watkins, monetizes the site, in part, through @amazon
Amazon is aware of it & has done nothing
How many more people have to die before major corporations stop sending Watkins cash?https://t.co/MOAvGqhFuA
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) August 4, 2019