Statement Regarding the Smears Against Books.audio, 8chan and Jim Watkins
Recently, 8chan has been in the crosshairs. The New Zealand shooter shared the Facebook livestream link of his carnage on the /pol/ board. It was Facebook's livestream that people are blaming 8chan for sharing. Sidenote: DOJ's Project Safe Childhood, Facebook owned WhatsApp,Twitter-owned Periscope, and Kik show up multiple times a month for sharing child exploitation materials and as a tool to lure and exploit children as documented by Forbes, TechCrunch, GizmodoCBS News and others.
Legum is claiming thatBooks.audio is "funding" 8chan. In actuality, 8chan is self-funded through advertisement and Books.audio is a completely separate entity. Jim Watkins is one of our narrators and also donated the server space for the website.
Not one penny earned by Books.audio has ever been funneled to 8chan and there is no corporate connection between the two completely separate entities apart from server space and ad space at 8chan and The Goldwater (which was the sister site of 8chan until we decided to put it on hiatus as we focused on audiobook narration and production).
Meanwhile, the folks who stand to actually get hurt by Legum's false info are, by and large, people of color. That's right, the real irony here is that it's a yellow journalist with a white savior complex trying to claim that books.audio is a "racist endeavor" despite the fact that 70% of our company, including the studio office manager/administrator (who happens to be a woman, as well) are brown skinned folks.
Since the Daily Beast smear, a host of reporters have been hounding anyone connected to The Goldwater, Books.audio or 8chan they can get a hold of. All this culminating in Vice/HBO reporters attempting to break and enter Jim Watkins (8chan owner's) house yesterday. It's nuts the lengths these people will go to.
Meanwhile, the unfair result of the unfounded smear campaign not only left us in the lurch but left authors in the lurch who we had put weeks or months of work in for who would have to start at the beginning with someone else. All because of the false claim that Books.audio is "funding hate" via Amazon. Most of the Books.audio staff, meanwhile, has never used 8chan, likely never even heard of it as it has no connection to what we're doing.