8chan owner subpoenaed to testify before Homeland Security

CNET | 8/14/2019 | Corinne Reichert
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8chan owner Jim Watkins was subpoenaed to appear before the US Committee on Homeland Security.

Following two mass shootings this month, the US Committee on Homeland Security on Wednesday subpoenaed 8chan owner Jim Watkins to testify at a deposition next month. The subpoena (PDF) orders Watkins to appear before the committee on Sept. 5 at 9:30 a.m. ET.

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On Aug. 4, nine people died in a shooting in a popular nightlife district in Dayton, Ohio. The day before, 20 people died in a shooting in a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, with another two victims dying two days later. Just prior to the El Paso attack, the suspected gunman posted a hate-filled statement on 8chan, an anonymous online forum.

Watkins is required to testify on "matters of inquiry" and is "not to depart without leave of said committee," the subpoena says.

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"At least three acts of deadly white supremacist extremist violence have been linked to 8chan in the last six months," committee chairman Bennie G. Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi, and ranking member Rep. Mike Rogers, a Republican from Alabama, said in a joint statement. "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...
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