8chan Founder Calls to 'Shut the Site Down' Over El Paso Shooting
Fredrick Brennan says site is negative to everyone but its users
The founder message board 8chan has called for the site to be shut down following the tragic El Paso shooting after the gunman allegedly posted his manifesto on the site.
Fredrick Brennan, who founded the site in 2013, told the New York Times that site should end.
“Shut the site down,” Brennan said.
“It’s not doing the world any good. It’s a complete negative to everybody except the users that are there," he added.
"And you know what? It’s a negative to them, too. They just don’t realize it.”
The alleged gunman who killed 20 people in an El Paso, reportedly posted an anti-immigrant, racist screed on 8chan.
The alleged manifesto outline his plan to stop he "Hispanic invasion of Texas."
“I’ve tried to understand so many times why he keeps it going, and I just don’t get it,” Brennan added.
“After Christchurch, after the Tree of Life shooting, and now after this shooting, they think this is all really funny.”
Cloudflare, the site's server, recently announced they would be ending their services for 8chan following the news of the shooting.
Expect some minutes of downtime in the coming hour as we switch over to @bitmitigate.— Ron (@CodeMonkeyZ) August 5, 2019
The Cloudflare company statement read:
"In the case of the El Paso shooting, the suspected terrorist gunman appears to have been inspired by the forum website known as 8chan."
But 8chan's more moderator, who goes by the name of @CodeMonkeyZ, announced the site will be migrating its server to BitMitigate.
"Based on evidence we've seen, it appears that he posted a screed to the site immediately before beginning his terrifying attack on the El Paso Walmart killing 20 people."
While authorities believe that suspected gunman - 21-year-old Patrick Wood Crusius, who was arrested shortly after the shooting began and charged with capital murder - wrote the document, investigators say they are "still gathering evidence," and it has yet to be confirmed.
Police say they are "reasonably confident" that the manifesto, published 27 minutes before the shooting on the website 8chan's politics board and titled The Inconvenient Truth, is linked to the suspect.
The Washington Post reported Sunday: “Authorities believe … [the shooter] wrote the document, though they are still gathering evidence.”