8chan Briefly Gets Back Online Before Being Even More Thoroughly Shut Down
As we reported last night, the web service company Cloudflare finally decided to do the right thing and stop working with far right pro-Trump hellhole 8chan (an incubator for violent domestic terrorists like the one who committed mass murder in El Paso).
Today we have even better news.
After briefly coming back online by switching to a company called Bitmitigate, which also provides services to neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer, things got worse for them. And not just for 8chan — for Bitmitigate as well. Because the company they were renting hardware from, Voxility, realized what was going on and told Bitmitigate to take a hike: A defiant 8chan vowed to fight on, saying its ‘heartbeat is strong.’ Then a tech firm knocked it offline.
Abandoned by its key partner Cloudflare for its “lawlessness” in the wake of the El Paso mass shooting, 8chan briefly disappeared from the Web early Monday before reappearing with the help of a sympathetic ally: BitMitigate, whose cybersecurity services also helped keep the neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer online after Cloudflare dropped it in 2017.
But by Monday afternoon, both 8chan and the Daily Stormer plunged into darkness when Voxility, a tech firm that has leased servers to BitMitigate, announced that it would no longer provide those services. The site for BitMitigate, which is based in Vancouver, Wash., also dropped offline.
It’s “totally against our policy,” Maria Sirbu, a Voxility executive, told The Washington Post. “As soon as we were notified … we proceeded with (completely) removing” the company from their network.
She said Voxility was making a “firm stand” and urged that many other Internet authorities should take more action in “keeping the Internet a safer place.”