Service that hosts 8chan now offline

ABC News Senior Investigative reporter Josh Margolin discusses how law enforcement can police dark web spaces more to prevent hateful dialogue online from turning into deadly attacks.
3:49 | 08/06/19

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Zero in a little bit on this message boards and thank our viewers this summer you may be familiar with that Josh Margot and certainly isn't related south course Josh you know this this online messaging board eight chant is in. In the spotlight in this latest tragedy. United it. Sort of it's more often and in the margins of the interwebs and a FaceBook or Twitter but. Also a place where a lot of this hate breeds tell us what it is and what happened today with that website. Really what would happen today to to go backwards what happened today was that the service that Jose. H and decide they want to host a chant anymore so basically each and is now offline but we seen that before a number of years ago and that Daley's former website. Which is neo Nazi white supremacist web site. There host took them off the Internet they returned. This happens that's really not the solution and frankly. The root of the problem here is not that the message is getting out it's that the message ease is being built up among these people. Who are somehow disaffected prone to violence and and may have some some sort of socializing or socialization or psychiatric issues. There's another issue here the president didn't touch on it may be the attorney general will look at this when he does his review. Federal law enforcement can do a lot more they probably need a lot more in the way of resources but we saw this with the park land massacre. In that case the FBI was tipped off in advance and local law enforcement was tipped off in advance and that incident. Really was the breakdown in communication. And missed signals. These two shootings this weekend may have been different and ultimately the investigations are done but certainly. And a in that in this space before you get into an issue about the First Amendment there's a lot more that the federal government can do. But the key here is that the federal government needs to wants to do it. As long as people in congress or in the political. World. Believe that they don't want to go after. Groups that push out these hateful messages because they feel that those groups might form some. Portion of the air support you're never going to have the ability for the DOJ or Homeland Security for the FBI to act. It's not lot of concern about civil liberties about surveillance. Of some of these. Fringe groups for sure we know. There are members on Capitol Hill certainly members of this administration feels strongly about that Josh just to put a finer point on what you're saying. You're saying then yeah a law enforcement you talked to suggest that perhaps one avenue. To more aggressively going after incidents like these potential shooters is to more aggressively policed those spaces shore are those dark interwebs. Sure and and not give you one good example that's spoken about among federal law enforcement a lot right now so. We all know about assistant pulls data miner and that a minor for anybody is not familiar with it is basically a system that Combs through Twitter. Finds things that are new and then sends out alerts saying to whoever news organizations whoever's out there that this kind of discussion has had some sort of discussion is happening. On Twitter. Those are aggregation services right now the social media companies do not allow law enforcement to use aggregation services. And if they find out that law enforcement is using them cove are only. They will then Dan the law enforcement agencies museums so the law enforcement leadership. In this country is saying it says Silicon Valley that that is an unfair. Tying of their hands that if this stuff is out there on the public Internet that law enforcement should be able to have access to it. That's a discussion that law enforcement would like to have right now. Josh thinks.

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