Cyber patrol intensifies to thwart terrorists

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The logo of 8Chan message board.

By Francis Wakefield

The Philippine National Police-Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) is looking into some online platforms that promote, plot and exhibit violence and terrorism such as 8Chan.

“As cyber police we will intensify our patrolling online to obtain information and thorough details to thwart any possible ilegal activities,” said Police Brigadier General Dennis Agustin, PNP-ACG director on Wednesday.

He added that cyber patrolling will also help to determine and confirm the whereabouts of 8Chan operator Jim Watkins and his online operations since he is currently based in the country.

Watkins is probably still in the Philippines but has since moved out from his leased apartment, said Agustin.

8Chan or Infinite Chan/Infinity Chan caters to extremism, radicalism, supremacism and terrorism, including the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas last 4 August and mosque killings in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Foreign investigators describe 8Chan as home to posts from right-wing extremists, misogynists and even conspiracy theorists.

Earlier, PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde said they are verifying reports that online message board 8Chan was being operated out of the country.

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