8chan is under police investigation in the Philippines
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Police in the Philippines are investigating the imageboard 8chan, which has been accused of creating a safe space for far-right mass shooters, according to The Wall Street Journal. The investigation is apparently just beginning and will focus on whether 8chan owner Jim Watkins — who lives in the Philippines — was negligent in his moderation practices. “The first thing we want to know is the influence of 8chan in the Philippines,” chief investigating officer Lt. Col. Elpidio Ramirez told the Journal.
Reuters reported earlier this week that police were investigating 8chan but offered no further details. According to a report in Wired, the Philippines’ National Bureau of Investigation already had an “ongoing” probe into the site and had…