8chan Rebrands With A New Name & Logo After Being Taken Down
By Thanussha Priyah, 10 Oct 2019
Image via 8chan
The controversial image board 8chan is returning online but with a name, 8kun.
The site was taken down on 5 August 2019, when security platform Cloudflare ditched support for the platform following the El Paso Walmart shooting that left 22 dead.
Prior to the attack, the alleged gunman had posted on 8chan.
Jim Watkins, owner of 8chan, announced that the site will be offline until he speaks with the US House Committee on Homeland Security.
However, on 6 October 2019, 8chan’s Twitter account announced the website’s new branding with a different name and logo. 8kun’s symbol depicts a snake stylized in the number eight.
The account also posted, “If you were previously a Board Owner on 8chan, please email us at [email protected] with your shared secret if you are interested in migrating your board to 8kun.”
The creator of 8chan, Fredrick Brennan, is not too pleased with the rebranding as he tweeted, “I don't want 8chan to come back.”
According to CNET, the Japanese suffix “chan” is used to address children, while “kun” refers to teenage boys.
If you were previously a Board Owner on 8chan, please email us at [email protected] with your shared secret if you are interested in migrating your board to 8kun.— 8chan (8ch.net) (@infinitechan) October 9, 2019
I don't want 8chan to come back.— Fredrick Brennan 🔣🇵🇭✝ (@HW_BEAT_THAT) October 7, 2019
Mostly for personal reasons.
I think its admins are terrible incompetent people. I have a vendetta with them.
I'm not against other imageboards, only ones they run with names like 8chan. Honest enough? https://t.co/zuhn4GXdY9
[via CNET, images via 8chan]
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