The House Homeland Security Committee has issued a subpoena on Wednesday to the founder of 8chan the image board that has been frequented by the shooters of three mass shootings this year.
House Homeland Security Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and ranking member Mike Rogers (R-AL) issued the subpoena to Jim Watkins. The committee in a statement saying “Today the Committee on Homeland Security issued a subpoena to Jim Watkins, the owner of the website 8chan…At least three acts of deadly white supremacist extremist violence have been linked to 8chan in the last six months… We have questions on what is being done to counter this trend so we can be sure it is being properly addressed. Receiving testimony from Mr. Watkins is critical to our oversight on this matter.”
The subpoena demands Watkins to appear before the committee on Sept 5th. Watkins a resident of the Philippines, has been residing in the Reno, Nevada area is planning to comply with the order. In a video he said “It’s a shame I’m being blamed for this.”
Previously the committee has asked Watkins to “provide testimony regarding 8chan’s efforts to investigate and mitigate the proliferation of extremist content, including white supremacist extremist content, on your website,”
Since Cloudflare pulled its services for the site on August 5th the website has remained offline and unavailable.
Source: The Hill Photo: 8chan Official Logo