BitMitigate - originally founded in Vancouver and now a subsidiary of Seattle-based domain registration company Epik - began working with 8chan on Sunday, a short time after fellow security company CloudFlare cut off service for the website.
US-based digital security and infrastructure firm Cloudflare has said it is terminating its services to 8chan, the online message board believed to have been used by the suspected El Paso gunman to post a racist screed shortly before killing more than 20 people.
USA cyber security firm Cloudflare will terminate online message board 8chan as its customer after a shooter used the messaging forum just before killing 20 people at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas on Saturday.
8Chan, which describes itself as, "The Darkest Reaches of the Internet", is indeed back up.
Prince said that 8chan's repeated involvement in mass shootings ultimately led Cloudflare to cut ties with the site. Watkins' subsequent tweets indicated that 8chan had gotten at least partially back online by early Monday morning.
8chan is now unavailable but the site could still make a return if it is able to find another security service. That's closer to the situation we have seen with the Daily Stormer and 8chan. "Today, the Daily Stormer is still available and still disgusting".
Cloudflare is also aware that it will likely face accusations of censorship as a result of its decision to terminate its dealings with 8chan.
A researcher from Stanford posted on Twitter Monday that BitMitigate/Epik would effectively be hosted by another company, Voxility, from whom they rent servers and other services from.
A few days later, Lim sold BitMitigate to Epik, which is another hosting service.
Cloudflare declined to comment for this story.
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Lim, a Vancouver resident, founded BitMitigate in 2017.
With the big social networks doing a better job of moderating hate speech, incitement to violence and harassment, extreme speech is gravitating to smaller websites that are often little more than message boards - sites teenagers routinely make in their bedrooms, said Joan Donovan, the director of the technology and social change project at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
This isn't the first time BitMitigate has received attention for its choice of clients.
Cloudflare kicked The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi publication, off their network nearly two years ago, but the website quickly bounced back with a competing infrastructure provider and is still available today. That is primarily because it does not work with mainstream ad companies; rather, the message board solicits donations and sells space on the website directly to advertisers.
Epik has its own history of controversial clients - most notably Gab, a social media site that doesn't ban hate speech.
"Specific to any of the "Chan" sites, Epik did not solicit this business". Cloudflare has been extremely reluctant to pull its services from any website, no matter its subject matter, and only did so in one high-profile case involving a neo-Nazi site.
"Epik claims it's a "...protector of responsible Free Speech".
Cloudflare's decision: Last night, as it came under increasing pressure, the company that hosted 8chan, Cloudflare, withdrew its protection.
Cloudflare says it reluctantly took action against The Daily Stormer and 8chan.
On the one hand, we don't really want "deep-web" infrastructure tech-bros making decisions on what people can or cannot see. "Questions around content are real societal issues that need politically legitimate solutions."...