8chan accused of inspiring the shooting in El Paso. Cloudflare head called the service a cloister of hatred

8chan is a cesspool - declares CEO Coludflare and ends cooperation with the service.

Cloudflare, one of the largest companies providing network services in the field of infrastructure and security, does not want to have anything to do with 8chan. Matthew Prince, the company's CEO, announced on the blog that he was about to end his cooperation and cease to provide the service with any services. The drop, which shed the cup of bitterness, was the publication of the manifesto hateful manifestation by the shooter of El Paso.

A tragic weekend in the United States.

It was a nightmare end of the week for US residents. In Dayton, Ohio, the 24-year-old opened fire on the street and started shooting at passers-by. Nine people died, 30 people were injured. In El Paso, Texas, the culprit opened fire at the supermarket. 21 people were killed and 26 injured. Both tragedies happened in just 24 hours.

The perpetrator of the shooting in El Paso before he entered Walmart, he published his racist manifesto at 8chan. He was the third, from March, shooter who did it. The choice of medium is not accidental here, because although it does not provide such ranges as YouTube or Facebook, it gives you something else. The content published there will not be removed by anyone, and the readers will be biting their faces with the last words of the murderer.

Prince calls 8chan a hatred of hatred.

It was there that the shooter could read the manifesto published by the perpetrator of the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand, a manifesto to which he himself appealed. It was there that he could read there the open letter of the Poway shooter. There he could also fantasize about his own glory, absorbing comments praising the perpetrators of the massacres. Nobody moderates it.

That is the whole 8chan idea. Its creators defend themselves against allegations, stubbornly repeating that the appearance of such content in them is the price of freedom of speech, the superior law that they adhere to. However, not everyone is convinced by this argument.

Prince in the post justifying his decision writes:

[8chan] proved that he does not have any rights on him and that led to many tragic deaths. Even if 8chan did not violate the letter of the law, refusing to moderate his hateful community, he created an environment that entertains breaks his spirit.

Without declaring that it will change anything.

This is not the first time that Cloudflare has reacted in this way. In 2017, after the Charlottesville massacre, the company threw away Daily Stormer from among its customers , but, as she admits, nothing has changed the side of the site.

Prince realizes that he will do it now. Cloudflare does not provide unique services, no exclusivity to the internet or protection against DDos. The company simply got rid of the problem from his garden. However, this does not mean that the problem will disappear. It is as deep as our hatred, and this one, looking at what happened over the weekend in the United States, can be immeasurable.

8chan accused of inspiring the shooting in El Paso. Cloudflare head called the service a cloister of hatred


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