From helicopter repairman to leader of the Internet's 'darkest reaches': The life and times of 8chan owner Jim Watkins - 2019-09-12

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F43.png From helicopter repairman to leader of the Internet's 'darkest reaches': The life and times of 8chan owner Jim Watkins September 12, 2019, Drew Harwell, Washington Post

Subpoenaed by the House Homeland Security Committee, Watkins, now 55, came to Washington last week for closed-door questioning by congressional staff on the site that before its recent collapse had styled itself "the darkest reaches of the Internet."

But 8chan was only the most infamous of Watkins's strange and tangled business web, which expanded for years from a shabby Manila office to millions of computers around the world — fueled by the strange chemistry of the Internet, where virtually anyone can turn a few servers into an online kingdom with its own culture, followers and code.

Watkins's path from a porn merchant to the keeper of what one former ally called a "cesspool of hate" appears to have grown out of his desire to capitalize on the seedier corners of the Internet, hopping between dot-com trends and positioning himself as an eccentric luminary in the communities he helped cultivate.

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{{cite news | first = Drew | last = Harwell | author2 = Timothy McLaughlin | title = From helicopter repairman to leader of the Internet's 'darkest reaches': The life and times of 8chan owner Jim Watkins | url = https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/09/12/helicopter-repairman-leader-internets-darkest-reaches-life-times-chan-owner-jim-watkins/ | work = Washington Post | date = September 12, 2019 | accessdate = September 2, 2020 }}