In a dark corner of the internet, extremists find an encouraging audience


August 5, 2019

Todd Heisler – New York Times

Fredrick Brennan, who started the online message board 8chan in 2013, is calling for it to be taken offline before it leads to further violence.

The El Paso massacre began like the fatal attacks earlier this year at mosques in New Zealand and a San Diego-area synagogue: with a racist manifesto and announcement on the anonymous message board 8chan, one of the web's most venomous refuges for extremist hate.

And like after the mass shootings in Christchurch and the Chabad of Poway synagogue, the El Paso attack was celebrated on 8chan as well: One of the most active threads there early Sunday urged people to create memes and original content, or OC, that could make it easier to distribute and "celebrate the [gunman's] heroic action."


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