The bizarre life of 8chan owner Jim Watkins, the middle-aged veteran who decamped to the Philippines and runs a pig farm

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Over the weekend, 22 people were killed and more than two dozen others were injured in a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.

A manifesto said to be from the suspected shooter appeared beforehand an anonymous web forum named 8chan, which is owned and operated by Jim Watkins and his company, NT Technology. 8chan is offline as of Monday.

Watkins is an American expatriate who now lives in the Philippines where he owns a pig farm in addition to operating 8chan.

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The man who owns and operates one of the most notorious corners of the internet once described himself as "a very boring person." He is anything but - Jim Watkins is the owner and operator of 8chan, a hate-filled forum that prides itself on free speech above all else. In 2019, that dedication to free speech included three manifestos published on 8chan that were suspected to have been written by mass shooters. As of Monday morning, 8chan is offline and doesn't appear to be coming back anytime soon. Here's what we know about Jim Watkins, the middle-aged man who farms pigs in the Philippines and operates 8chan.
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