The name Cloudflare may not necessarily ring many bells, but it’s a very important part of the internet. It’s an online infrastructure and security company that protects millions of websites, including local ones, from DDoS attacks. The company has recently announced that it’s cutting ties with the anonymous online forum 8chan.
The decision came after a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas over the weekend that killed over 20 people. The site reportedly hosted the manifesto of the gunman, who also referenced the Christchurch shooter from back in March. It also appears to be a decision change on Cloudflare’s part, as it decided to not revoke its service from 8chan back then.
In a blog post, Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince called 8chan a “cesspool of hate”. That said, he also admitted that stopping support for 8chan will not top the site from being the way it is. He said that doing so “solved our own problem, but we haven’t solved the internet’s.”
The problem Prince mentioned may have to do with the fact that the company is going public. Sources to Business Insider says that Cloudflare is aiming for a September initial public offering.