Controversial domain registrar Epik has been acquired by Registered Agents Inc. (RAI) to better serve small businesses and entrepreneurs.
But Epik is widely known for hosting far-right and neo-Nazi websites such as 8chan and Parler, which bills itself as an alternative to the “free speech” social network.
“Epik.com is now carving out a new path for entrepreneurs and businesses seeking top-level registration agents and domain services,” the company said in a statement.
Epik said it changed its terms of service to “remove violators from the platform” during the company's latest ICANN certification review, resulting in the removal of “a small number of problematic clients.”
This is expected to help Epic “focus on rebuilding trust with our small business and entrepreneurial customers,” although its tarnished reputation and history could still pose operational hurdles.
With the acquisition of Epik, RAI provides corporate compliance and registered agent services to [and] It's a nationwide company. ”This acquisition will enable RAI to provide domain and his website registration services to clients.
RAI's in-house counsel, Bryce Marbung, said in a statement: However, our ability to ensure continuity of service for hundreds of thousands of domain names for our registrants has been a satisfying chapter in my legal career.
“We look forward to focusing on providing our core enterprise customers with the same level of support, products and service they are accustomed to receiving.”
Last year, Epic was acquired by Epic LLC from Epic Holdings Inc. in the wake of debt turmoil, a successful hacking attack that leaked customer data, and the aftermath of the Starbucks scandal.
Among the many reviews on TrustPilot, Epik LLC frequently notes that the subject of the review is clearly a “separate entity under different ownership than the company or people.” These reviews are most likely referring to his Epik Holdings, Inc., which is a completely different entity.
TechRadar Pro reached out to Epik LLC for comment, but did not immediately receive a response. Future updates will be posted here.