U.S. cyber security firm Cloudflare terminates 8chan as customer

Last week, before going on a shooting spree which ended in the death of 51 people, the shooter, later identified as Patrick Crusius, had posted a four-page message on the forum terming the would be attack “a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas”.

On Monday, Cloudflare, a U.S. cyber security firm stated it will discontinue its services to online message board 8chan following a shooter using the messaging forum before going on a killing spree, which saw the death of 20 people, at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas.

The shooter posted a four-page statement on 8chan calling the attack “a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas”.

The suspect has been officially identified as a 21-year-old white male from Allen, Texas. Multiple news outlets as well as law enforcement officials have identified the suspect as Patrick Crusius.

Before going on his killing spree, Crusius expressed support in his statement, which he posted on an 8chan forum, for the gunman who killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, earlier this year in March.

“We just sent a notice that we are terminating 8chan as a customer effective at midnight tonight Pacific Time,” said Matthew Prince, Cloudflare’s Chief Executive Officer in a blog post.

“Based on evidence we’ve seen, it appears that he (gunman)posted a screed to the site immediately before beginning his terrifying attack on the El Paso Walmart killing 20 people,” said Prince.

In the blof posting, Prince clarifies, although 8chan did not violate law by not moderating the “hate-filled” content posted by the gunman, it however “created an environment that revels in violating its spirit”.

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