Vice Reporters and Film Crew Accused of Breaking Into Bedroom in Home of 8Chan Owner
Vice correspondents Lani Levine and Elle Reeve have been accused of breaking into a bedroom in the Philippines home of 8Chan owner Jim Watkins with a camera crew.
The accusation was made by the verified 8Chan Twitter account, which said that the reporters and their crew entered Watkin’s bedroom before being ordered out of the property.
The Filipino authorities have already been notified. pic.twitter.com/mppgbhGOlT
— 8chan (8ch.net) (@infinitechan) May 18, 2019
The tweet said that Watkins has notified authorities.
Both Levine and Reeve have now set their Twitter accounts to private.
Reeve is best known for her work in the Charlottesville documentary for Vice News.
Earlier this month Vice published an article about 8Chan referring to it as the place where “racists get radicalized.”
“Sites like 8chan and others where racists can get radicalized online are key to counterterrorism efforts, experts say, but in a Wednesday hearing on domestic terrorism, U.S. intel officials from the FBI, DOJ and DHS seemed fairly unfamiliar with those platforms — or what to do about them,” the article read.
8Chan, much like 4Chan, is an anonymous imageboard that was the 3,857th most visited site in the world in 2018. It has gained more notoriety since the Christchurch shooting in March, as the shooter had posted a link to a livestream and his manifesto on the website. The Poway synagogue shooter had also posted a manifesto on one of the boards prior to his attack.
Vice has not yet responded to the allegations.