8chan's founder is facing arrest for 'cyberlibel' in the Philippines - 2020-02-27
Fredrick Brennan, founder of widely loathed forum 8chan, reportedly faces arrest in the Phillippines over a "cyberlibel" claim. Brennan has become a strident critic of 8chan and its current operator Jim Watkins, whom Brennan transferred ownership to in 2015. Last year, Watkins struck back with a legal complaint, disputing a series of tweets where Brennan said he was "going senile." Now, according to Philippine news site Rappler, there's an official warrant out for Brennan's arrest.
Rappler says that Brennan's attorney confirmed details of the warrant. It reports that an assistant prosecutor in Pasay City claimed "there was malice in his tweets" and that Brennan "cannot prove whether Watkins was indeed senile." Cyberlibel is a criminal charge that can carry a fine and multiyear prison sentence in the Philippines, where both men reside.
Brennan is currently in the United States, however. He tells Vice that he won't return until the charges are dismissed, particularly because he was born with brittle bone disease and fears the prospect of being arrested. "It would basically be a death sentence even for only a week for somebody in my medically frail condition," he said.