Free speech, the internet, and the ability to communicate freely and legally, are some of the many pillars that serve as the foundation for America’s success both past, present, and future.
Anonymous internet forum 8chan has resurfaced under the name 8kun after going offline in early August, in the wake of a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.
The 8chan Twitter account noted over the weekend that it would continue to migrate boards from the old site, with 63 public ones active as of early Monday.
Migration is still ongoing, some boards have a lot of content. Existing accounts for boards that are already migrated should work just the same.— 8chan (8ch.net) (@infinitechan) November 2, 2019
If everything goes right, tomorrow morning might be it.
Board migration will continue after launch.
Jim Watkins, the owner of 8kun and 8chan, uploaded a video to YouTube on Saturday. In the video, Watkins said 8kun’s traffic was already higher than expected.
“It is a fantastic amount of users who attempted to access at one time,” he said in the video. “Although I expect setbacks and attacks, it is almost to the point already where no one man, corporation or government will be able to stifle us. Until that surprising trumpet sounds, it is likely that this movement will become unstoppable.”
Cybersecurity service and content delivery for the new site will be handled by VanwaTech, based in Vancouver, Washington.
I am confident that the team of people operating 8kun have made significant improvements to the operational nature, and moderation of their new website.— Nick Lim (@LimTheNick) October 31, 2019
I am excited for the lawful release of this new website and look forward to providing them CDN and cyber security services.
Still absent from 8kun is the “/pol/” board, where the alleged gunman posted a hateful screed prior to the Aug. 3 shooting that killed 22 people and injured 24 people in an El Paso Walmart.
Cloudflare and Voxility pulled their support of 8chan after the shooting, effectively forcing the site to go dark.
The site has long been embroiled in controversy related to users posting neo-Nazi and other extremist ideological content, as well as child pornography and the manifestos of several recent, high-profile mass shooters.
Despite this, it once ranked among the top 4,000 most-visited sites in the world.
During testimony before US Congress, Watkins vowed not to remove so-called (but ill-defined) hate speech, but insisted that no illegal speech (under US law), that explicitly calls for violence, would be allowed on the platform.
“My company has no intention of deleting constitutionally protected hate speech. I feel the remedy for this type of speech is counter-speech, and I’m certain that this is the view of the American justice system.”
Since relaunching, the site has reportedly experienced a myriad of problems owing to spikes in traffic as well as targeted cyberattacks.
Free speech, the internet, and the ability to communicate freely and legally, are some of the many pillars that serve as the foundation for America’s success both past, present, and future. [8kun, CNET, Gizmodo, RT]