The man who owns and operates one of the most notorious corners of the internet once described himself as “a very boring person.”
He is anything but — Jim Watkins is the owner and operator of 8chan, a hate-filled forum that prides itself on free speech above all else.
In 2019, that dedication to free speech included three manifestos published on 8chan that were suspected to have been written by mass shooters. As of Monday morning, 8chan is offline and doesn’t appear to be coming back anytime soon.
Here’s what we know about Jim Watkins, the middle-age man who farms pigs in the Philippines and operates 8chan.