Washington-based internet services company Epik reversed course Tuesday after the company initially offered to provide services to the controversial online forum 8chan.
Epik CEO Rob Monster said the company ultimately decided to decline services for 8chan due to what Epik says is a “concern of inadequate enforcement and the elevated possibility of violent radicalization on the platform.”
Responding to comments on his online statement, Monster said “this was Monday morning lynch mob social justice on steroids.”
8chan, specifically the /pol/ message board where users often encourage acts of violence, is popular among white supremacists, neo-Nazis and violent misogynists.
The El Paso shooter posted a racist, anti-immigrant manifesto on the forum before carrying out his attack. The shooters in Christchurch, New Zealand, and Poway, California, also posted hate-filled manifestos on 8chan.
Epik was also in a bind. Companies from which it leases servers terminated contracts on Monday after Epik took on 8chan.
Meanwhile, 8chan is back online using a service called ZeroNet, which is a peer-to-peer, torrent-based service that is nearly impossible to moderate.