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Cloudflare’s IPO filing warns investors of a disturbing ‘risk factor’: white supremacists

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  • Cloudflare filed to go public on Thursday, and it listed its controversial former clients in the risk factors section of its filing.
  • Cloudflare, a web protection service, once served a neo-Nazi website and 8chan, an online forum connected to three deadly mass shootings.
  • Though Cloudflare ultimately terminated its client relationships with both sites, the company said that its past association with the customers, and its subsequent responses, have the potential to pose adverse business consequences.
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Cybersecurity startup Cloudflare filed the paperwork for an IPO on Thursday with disclaimers about a couple of controversial former clients: a neo-Nazi, white supremacist website, and a notorious online forum connected to mass shootings.

Cloudflare offers content delivery network, or CDN, services. One purpose of a CDN is to protect websites against attacks like a Distributed Denial of Service cyberattack, which can disable a website by flooding and overwhelming it with traffic. Cloudflare also speeds up content delivery.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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