posted on Aug, 5 2019 @ 12:30 PM
In the wake of the Christchurch shooting I published my first Bellingcat article about 8chan. I was interviewed by numerous media agencies about
the website, and I warned all of them that additional attacks would follow – every month or two – until something was done. This prediction has
proven accurate. Until law enforcement, and the media, treat these shooters as part of a terrorist movement no less organized, or deadly, than ISIS or
Al Qaeda, the violence will continue. There will be more killers, more gleeful celebration of body counts on 8chan, and more bloody attempts to beat
the last killer’s “high score”.
This is one of the more interesting takes I have seen on the recent shooting in El Paso. While the author doesn't take the position being pushed by
many of the Right that these shooters commit these atrocities due to video games, he does point out that many of these killers do seem to be treating
this like a game. Using phrases like high score to refer to body counts.
He also brings up the fact that 8chan seems to be a hotbed for people with this mentality. Just this year three mass killers have been linked to the
site. In every instance numerous users expressed their support of the killer. I think the author makes a very compelling statement that if this site
were linked to Islam it would be labeled as a terror organization. Hell, people want Antifa to be labeled as a terror organization and they have a
kill count of zero.
In the end, it definitely seems like certain corners of the internet are encouraging attacks like these. Or at least catering to the people that would
commit them. Unfortunately I don't really know what is a realistic solution. I don't want to see the internet being censored and regulated in any
way. At the same time, I assume law enforcement are aware of many of these sites so there must be something they can do to prevent these tragedies
from occurring. But then you risk verging into Minority Report territory,
Like I said, there's no easy solution.