US cyber security firm Cloudflare will terminate online message board 8chan as its customer after a shooter used the messaging forum before killing 20 people at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas.
The shooter is believed to have posted a four-page statement on 8chan and called the Walmart attack “a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas”.
The suspect was officially identified as a 21-year-old white male from Allen, Texas, a Dallas suburb east of El Paso, along the Rio Grande, across the US-Mexico border from Ciudad Juarez. Citing law enforcement officials, multiple news media reports named the suspect Patrick Crusius.
The suspect’s post on 8chan expressed support for the gunman who killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March.
“We sent a notice we are terminating 8chan as a customer effective at midnight tonight Pacific Time,” Cloudflare Chief Executive Officer Matthew Prince said in a blog post.
“Based on evidence we’ve seen, it appears he posted a screed to the site immediately before his terrifying attack on the El Paso Walmart killing 20 people,” Prince said.
The CEO’s blog added while 8chan did not violate law by not moderating “hate-filled” content posted by its users, it “created an environment that revels in violating its spirit”.