8chan ‘has no intent of deleting constitutionally protected hate speech,’ owner will tell Congress
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Jim Watkins, the owner of 8chan, is slated to provide evidence to Congress on Thursday after the House Homeland Security Committee subpoenaed him for testimony last month.
Watkins’ appearance before the committee was prompted by a series of racist shootings across the world where attackers posted manifestos outlining their hateful, white supremacist motives to the imageboard prior to opening fire. The latest attack in the United States occurred last month in El Paso, Texas, resulting in the deaths of over 20 people and drawing the attention of lawmakers who compelled Watkins to speak on Thursday.
“This is at least the third act of white supremacist extremist violence linked to your website this year,” committee leaders wrote to Watkins…