8chan offline again after host loses access to rented servers

Victor Barreiro Jr.
8chan offline again after host loses access to rented servers
8chan is offline again after infrastructure-as-a-service provider Voxility cuts ties with the forum's new host

MANILA, Philippines – After being kicked out by its previous host CloudFlare, 8chan appears to be offline again. Its new host, Epik, is cut off by infrastructure-as-a-service provider Voxility.

8chan has been touted online as an internet hate forum, and has been linked to the racist screeds of at least 3 mass shooters – at Christchurch in New Zealand, at the Chabad of Poway Synagogue in California, and at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. (READ: Police investigating Texas shooting as possible hate crime – chief)

Following the El Paso shooting, web network and security provider CloudFlare said it was terminating its services for 8Chan

8chan administrator Ron Watkins then announced it was linking up with BitMitigate, which is owned by Epik. (READ: American living in PH owns 8chan, which is linked to El Paso shooting)


Stanford researcher Alex Stamos found out, however, that Epik were actually renting servers from another company, Voxility.


After Stamos pointed this out, Voxility cut ties with Epik, taking down 8chan as well as a neo-nazi website taken care of by Epik, The Daily Stormer.


In a report on The Verge, Epik did not return a request for comment, and did not disclose how much of its work was dependent on Voxility.

As such, 8chan may return eventually if Epik can sort itself out or if 8chan finds another host that supports an absolutist view of free speech. – Rappler.com 

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Victor Barreiro Jr.

Victor Barreiro Jr is part of Rappler's Central Desk. An avid patron of role-playing games and science fiction and fantasy shows, he also yearns to do good in the world, and hopes his work with Rappler helps to increase the good that's out there.