Cloudflare cuts support for 8chan

05 Août, 2019, 14:08 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau

"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".

Cloudflare, a San Francisco-based company that was providing internet infrastructure services to 8chan and helping keep the site online, announced Sunday night that it would stop providing support for the website. He said that doing so "solved our own problem, but we haven't solved the internet's".

The suspect's post on 8chan expressed support for the gunman who killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March.

Fredrick Brennan, who started 8chan in 2013, tweeted about the site, saying it has a "morbid record of success for maximum spread of mass shooting manifestos" and that moderation on the site is "lax to non-existent".

"While removing 8chan form our network takes heat off of us, it does nothing to address why hateful sites fester online", he said.

But the site has always been a go-to destination for the dregs of the internet.

The controversy over Cloudflare, which played a role in keeping 8chan online but neither hosted nor promoted its content, is just the latest example of the struggles faced by United States technology companies to address the spread of potentially unsafe content that is nevertheless legal. And you know what? "We reluctantly tolerate content that we find reprehensible, but we draw the line at platforms that have demonstrated they directly inspire tragic events and are lawless by design", he added.

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"It really just seems like they think all these shootings are amusing, like they really don't care ... and it just seems like they're just going to keep allowing this to happen over and over", he said.

It did, however, nuke neo-Nazi hangout the Daily Stormer in August 2017 after the fatal far-right rally in Charlottesville months earlier.

Prince suggested that making the decision has been tough for the company as they "feel incredibly uncomfortable about playing the role of content arbiter and do not plan to exercise it often", - something that many other Silicon Valley companies don't think twice about.

"Today, the Daily Stormer is still available and still disgusting".

Prince went on to describe how the company had attempted to address these problems by working with law enforcement and civil society organizations which resulted in Cloudflare monitoring potential hate sites and notifying law enforcement about indicators of potential violence.

"Unfortunately the action we take today won't fix hate online", the Cloudflare CEO said. It will nearly certainly not even remove 8chan from the Internet. But it is the right thing to do.


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