What is 8chan? The site’s alleged link with the Christchurch mosque massacre is important
Posts from the alleged shooter appeared on a website known as “8chan” before the deadly attack. Links to a Facebook live stream of the attack were included in these posts. The live stream of the massacre, narrated by the shooter, was 17 minutes long. After being contacted by the police, Facebook removed the poster’s accounts.
A 74-page manifesto called “The Great Replacement” also appeared on 8chan and Twitter. Both the live stream and this manifesto have made moves around other social media, like WhatsApp, reddit, and YouTube, since the massacre.
Tarrant allegedly posted to the 8chan message board known as “/pol/ – Politically Incorrect” with these materials. He was reportedly met with much support (link opens to screenshots from 8chan, posted to Twitter) from other users.
The disturbing manifesto explains that the shooting was inspired by “white genocide.” Make no mistake: The term “white genocide” is popular among white supremacists who want to curb immigration and stomp out minority populations.
The document explicitly targets immigrants and Muslims. It also praises Dylann Roof, the white man who murdered nine people in a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015. Anders Breivik, who killed literal dozens of people at a summer camp for Norway’s left, also got a grotesque nod of admiration.