Website founder faces arrest for cyberlibel

March 08, 2020

THE Pasig City Regional Trial Court has ordered the arrest of Fredrick Brennan, the founder of controversial website 8chan for cyberlibel filed against him by website owner Jim Watkins.  

The Pasig City Prosecutor’s Office indicted Brennan over his tweet that Watkins appeared “senile and incompetent” during the latter’s appearance before US Congress which was probing the website’s alleged role in extremism.  

Brennan’s lawyer Alex Acain said the warrant was issued and signed by Branch 158 and signed by Branch 158 Judge Romeo Dizon Tagra on February 26.

According to the prosecutor’s office, the tweet of Brennan, who is a permanent resident in the country but currently in the United States, was baseless and malicious.  

If convicted, Brennan is facing a prison term of six to 12 years.

Brennan filed a petition for review before the Department of Justice, arguing that it was his civic duty to expose Watkins inasmuch as he’s the owner of the website implicated in alleged terror attacks in US soil.  

Watkins is being investigated by authorities as “8chan” is linked to mass shootings in El Paso in Texas, Poway in California, and Christchurch in New Zealand.