8chan dealt another blow as Jim Watkins is called before Congress

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The hits just keep on coming for 8chan and in the worst way possible.

After struggling to find cloud and infrastructure providers all week and giving his side of the story, 8chan owner Jim Watkins will now have to face the might of the US Congress.

This is according to The New York Times which reports that the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee has demanded Watkins testify about how 8chan has grown to house extremist and white supremacist content.

“Regrettably, this is at least the third act of white supremacist extremist violence linked to your website this year,” wrote Bennie Thompson, chairman of the committee.

“Americans deserve to know what, if anything, you, as the owner and operator, are doing to address the proliferation of extremist content on 8chan,” the chairman added.

Watkins posted his response to the demand on Twitter stating that he was on his way back to the states.

This request from Congress comes after Watkins posted his “response” to the controversy 8chan has courted this week.

In that response Watkins claimed 8chan was nothing more than a group of peaceful people having a peaceful conversation.

The events over the last year point to that statement being contradictory but we do wonder whether 8chan will survive this.

Sure the users might come back but with the US Congress now getting involved, the 8chan folks flocked to might never be the same, and that’s a good thing.

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.


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