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The owner of the 8chan message boards says “a large community of one million people are now looking for a home”, after the site was driven offline.

On Monday, cyber-security company Cloudflare withdrew its protection services from 8chan and minutes later the site was unavailable.

Critics say 8chan users spread hate speech and celebrated mass shootings.

In a YouTube video, 8chan owner Jim Watkins said he worked with law enforcement and complied with the law.

He described 8chan as a “blank page” where people could write their thoughts, even if they may be offensive to others.

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