According to a tweet by NBC News reporter Ben Collins, the website — owned by the analyst's father, Jim Watkins — was rebranded from its previous name, 8chan, due to its link to the manifestos of mass murderers. In addition to these reported manifestos, Mother Jones claimed that the site was also known for hosting child pornography and its owner's profiteering from domains that contained this material.
"The domains' names include terms such as 'preteen,' 'schoolgirl," and 'child' alongside graphic terms for genitalia and words like 'rape' and 'love.' It's unclear what, if anything, is currently being served at the domains. However, an analysis of metadata collected years ago from one by archive.org shows dozens of filenames and links containing highly suggestive terms, including 'xxxpreteen,' 'children,' and sexual references to girls aged 12 to 15."
"We're not child pornographers, and we don't host child pornography, and we don't condone that."