8chan owner says site will stay down until he talks with Congress - 2019-08-13
8chan owner Jim Watkins uploaded a video to YouTube on Sunday in response to media reports that incorrectly said an alleged gunman, accused of an attempted terrorist attack on a mosque in Norway on Saturday, posted on the message board prior to the incident. Watkins says in the video that the image board has been down, by choice, for the last week and it wouldn't be possible to post anything to the site.
"The website has been offline voluntarily for the last week," he said in the video taken at the Sands Regency Casino Hotel in Reno, Nevada, according to the YouTube description. "It's really really sad. Please don't blame me."
Watkins says he will bring the site back online once he's talked with "Homeland Security." He's likely referring to the House Committee on Homeland Security, which requested he appear in front of Congress to address the proliferation of extremist content on 8chan.