Cloudflare ends services for 'lawless' 8chan after El Paso massacre

Investigators believe that Patrick Crusius, the suspected gunman, may be behind a hate-filled manifesto that was posted on 8chan shortly before he allegedly began shooting up the Walmart.

Cloudflare offers websites internet security and protection against Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, among other services.

"We have just sent notice that we are terminating 8chan as a customer effective at midnight tonight, Pacific Time", Prince said in a statement.

U.S. cyber security firm Cloudflare will terminate online message board 8chan as its customer after a shooter used the messaging forum just before killing 20 people at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas on Saturday. "It does nothing to address why mass shootings occur".

The author praised the Christchurch mosque attacks in New Zealand, which were also announced on 8chan in a racist manifesto allegedly posted by the perpetrator of that massacre.

It was still a hard decision for the company to make as it seeks to treat all of its 19 million customers without bias, but, according to Prince, 8chan crossed the line by "directly" inspiring the tragedy.

"The rationale is simple: they have proven themselves to be lawless and that lawlessness has caused multiple tragic deaths", said Prince in the blog post.

8chan is still online, at the time of writing. "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 does nothing to address why portions of the population feel so disenchanted they turn to hate.

Prince said his company has previously terminated business with the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website, which not long after being booted from the internet found another company willing to host it. It will nearly certainly not even remove 8chan from the Internet.

Mr Brennan founded the 8chan message board in 2013 to be largely unmoderated and for all posts to be anonymous.

The original founder of 8chan, who no longer is associated with the site and has become one of its biggest critics, this evening thanked Cloudflare for suspending its service, and suggested that it was a good decision on behalf of the service provider.

The site is now run by Jim Watkins, an army veteran, who's insisted that he's "obviously not a white supremacist" while shrugging off the white nationalists who use his platform.

It can be thought of as a kind of bouncer or security guard for websites that get a large amount of traffic, or may be a likely target of cyberattacks.

But Prince reiterated his belief that the action by Cloudflare will not actually create more safety or reduce hatred on the internet.

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