[33] During the same year, the /soc/ board was created in an effort to reduce the number of socialization threads on /b/. [190] The images were initially posted on 4chan. This cost thousands of dollars of bandwidth bills according to Turner. [36], On January 21, 2015, Poole stepped down as the site's administrator, citing stress from controversies such as Gamergate as the reason for his departure. [100] 4chan and other websites, such as the satirical Encyclopedia Dramatica, have also contributed to the development of significant amounts of leetspeak. Oh well. [8] Christopher Poole told The New York Times, in a discussion on the moderation of /b/, that "the power lies in the community to dictate its own standards" and that site staff simply provided a framework. Vincent Diamante/Creative Commons [211][212], On February 4, 2010, 4chan started receiving reports from Verizon Wireless customers that they were having difficulties accessing the site's image boards. [104] An unidentified 4chan user applied the concept of the duckroll to a 2007 post relating to the video game Grand Theft Auto IV. Here are the biggest 4chan controversies, scandals, and pranks ever. The "no rules" policy also applies to actions of administrators and moderators, which means that users may be banned at any time, for any reason, including for no reason at all. This included Spark, Vodafone, Vocus and 2degrees. A February 2008 protest by members of the 4chan-connected group Anonymous outside the Scientology Celebrity Centre in Los Angeles. "[8] Wired describes /b/ as "notorious". Unfortunately, 4chan is not a verifiable or reliable source to assertain any solid information on the cause, existence, or result of the Pedobear cartoon. This page was last changed on 2 February 2020, at 12:23. Welcome to the Internet! 4chan is an anonymous English-language imageboard website. Upon his successful election, a /pol/ moderator embedded a pro-Trump video at the top of all of the board's pages. In the end, this wasn't a sinister act of censorship, but rather a bit of a mistake and a poorly executed, disproportionate response on AT&T's part. The "no invasions" rule was added in late 2006, after /b/ users spent most of that summer "invading" Habbo Hotel. [note 1][22] After the site's creation, Poole invited users from the ADTRW subforum, many of whom were dissatisfied with the site's moderation, to visit 4chan, which he advertised as an English-language counterpart to Futaba Channel and a place for Western fans to discuss anime and manga. It was later reported that the HTML numeric character reference for the symbol had been posted on /b/, with a request to perform a Google search for the string. [158] Both the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security expressed doubt concerning the credibility of the threats, but warned the relevant organizations as a precaution. Launched by Christopher "moot" Poole in October 2003, the site hosts boards dedicated to a wide variety of topics, from anime and manga to video games, music, literature, fitness, politics, and sports, among others. [106] The Age reported that 4chan posters urged each other to "swarm" the video on YouTube and thus increase its ranking. The show was first discussed with some interest around its debut in October 2010. Exceptions will be made for new sites, demo sites for imageboard software, and sites that specifically request to be added. [62], The humor of /b/'s many users, who refer to themselves as "/b/tards",[62][63] is often incomprehensible to newcomers and outsiders, and is characterized by intricate inside jokes and dark comedy. 4Chan and its offspring are designed to disappear, deleting all posts in a thread past 15 pages. Clover website Get Clover from F-Droid The first IRC channel was #4chan on irc.pyoko.org, announced on 4/4/04. The attacks caused Turner's website to go offline. [173], On February 4, 2009, a posting on the 4chan /b/ board[174] said there would be a school shooting at St Eskils Gymnasium in Eskilstuna, Sweden, leading 1,250 students and 50 teachers to be evacuated. As of 2019, the /pol/ (Politically Incorrect), /v/ (Video Games), /vg/ (Video Games Generals), and /b/ (Random) boards receive the most daily posts. It was the first board created, and was described in 2009 as 4chan's most popular board, accounting for 30% of site traffic at the time. He'll find her, then call the cops. [19], 4chan has been the target of occasional denial of service attacks. [8], The adult fandom and subculture dedicated to the children's animated television series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic began on the "Comics & Cartoons" (/co/) board of 4chan. [84][85] The board was initially centered around NEET and hikikomori lifestyles,[86] and is credited as the origin of the "greentext" rhetorical style. Roughly 10 percent of American adults believe in some or all of QAnon’s theories, according to a Pew Research study conducted [203][204] Devins had developed a small following online and was a 4chan user herself. I have had death threats and bomb threats. There are "rules of the internet" (not rules of 4chan), that does not talk about 4chan.org, but about one special board on 4chan, and are meant as half-joke anyway. The programmer, Fredrick Brennan, was upset that 4chan banned discussions of Gamergate, a campaign to harass several women in the video gaming industry. [11] The 4chan servers were moved from Texas to California in August 2008, which upgraded the maximum bandwidth throughput of 4chan from 100Mbit/s to 1Gbit/s. I'm talking back in the late 2000's here. [63], Each post is assigned a post number. We could have changed history and failed, epically. [119] The site administrator moot eventually settled the matter by creating the board dedicated to discussion of the show, "Pony" (/mlp/), and apologised on behalf of the moderation team for neglecting "one of the largest subcultures in 4chan's history". When the site started, it was for discussing anime and manga, but now many other topics are discussed. As of November 2020[update], 4chan receives more than 20 million unique monthly visitors, with more than 900,000 posts made daily. It's closed something like 4 times in the past, after all. Certain post numbers are sought after with a large amount of posting taking place to "GET" them. [15] In place of registration, 4chan has provided tripcodes as an optional form of authenticating a poster's identity. "[20], The site was launched as 4chan.net on October 1, 2003 by Christopher Poole, a then-15-year-old student from New York City using the online handle "moot". Learn your own rules. [10] In January 2009, Poole signed a new deal with an advertising company; in February 2009, he was $20,000 in debt, and the site was continuing to lose money. Uninstalling: 4chan X disables the native extension, so if you uninstall 4chan X, you'll need to re-enable it. I have been subject to criminal attack. THIS DEFINITION IS FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. Only one board is devoted to gay male images and they must be softcore yaoi illustrations, which is a niche that mainly appeals to heterosexual women. [201] The suspect took pictures of the victim's bloodied deceased body and posted it to Discord and his own Instagram page. [96][97] He claims to have talked with both Harper-Mercer and Rodger on Reddit and 4chan and believes that he was part of a "beta uprising", also posting a message on 4chan about his intention the day before his attack. [12], Unlike most web forums, 4chan does not have a registration system, allowing users to post anonymously. After coming back up, the front page accidentally revealed a backup file of the entire website, which contained over 300 megabytes of private company emails, which were leaked to several torrents and across several sites on the Internet. The unidentified person who made the posts may have been a first responder, in violation of privacy law, prompting a review by the New York City Fire Department. Thus, words such as "eggroll" were changed to "duckroll". The 4chan logo isn't finalized, the contest for the new one is still underway. [202] The photos were widely shared on Instagram and other sites, particularly on 4chan where many users mocked and celebrated her death, saying she deserved it and praising the killer while depicting Devins as a manipulative young woman. [27][28] In February 2004, GoDaddy suspended the 4chan.net domain, prompting Poole to move the site to its current domain at 4chan.org. I just wanted to share the pics before they find me. Anyone else would be skeptical. "[180] The indictment alleged that Radulovic posted anonymously to /pol/ the day after the Unite the Right rally, communicating an intention to attack protestors at an upcoming right-wing demonstration, ostensibly to elicit sympathy for the alt-right movement. bomb threat", "Australian Police Arrest Man Who Threatened to Attack Los Angeles Mall", "Teen Arrested for Threatening to Blow Up School", "Terroristic threatening in the second degree", "Indianapolis Man Arrested for Threatening Boston Free Speech Rally Attendees in 2017", "Another 4chan User Gets Busted By FBI: Student, 19, facing child porn, death threat charges. [175] A 21-year-old man was arrested after 4chan provided the police with the IP address of the poster. Vincent Diamante/Creative Commons. Certainly, 4chan is a major source of internet culture, and is more than justified in having an article on Wikipedia.-- Papen 12:12, 28 May 2007 (UTC) 4chan is one of the "top-tier" sites, along with the likes of Something Awful, where most internet memes originate, before filtering out … All Top Ten Lists Internet Top 10 Worst Things about 4chan 4chan's a decent website that provides a few lulz, but it still can be pretty annoying. 4chan has often been the subject of media attention as a source of controversies, including the coordination of pranks and harassment against websites and Internet users, and the posting of illegal and offensive content. 4chan Imageboard 4chan, a weird and often lewd corner of the internet, was founded by 15-year-old Christopher Poole in 2003. In response, Turner sued 4chan, 7chan, and other websites; however, he lost his plea for an injunction and failed to receive letters from the court. ", "Modest Web Site Is Behind a Bevy of Memes", "Web Scout exclusive! [208], 4chan's founder Christopher Poole responded with the following:[209][210]. This led to a bait-and-switch in which external links disguised as relevant to a discussion instead led to a picture of a duck on wheels. 4chan Imageboard 4chan, a weird and often lewd corner of the internet, was founded by 15-year-old Christopher Poole in 2003. ALSO, THE GAME. [61], On February 15, 2009, a user uploaded two YouTube videos that showed the physical abuse of a domestic cat named Dusty by a person calling himself "Timmy". All Top Ten Lists Internet Top 10 Worst Things about 4chan 4chan's a decent website that provides a few lulz, but it still can be pretty annoying. [133][134], According to The Washington Post, "the site's users have managed to pull off some of the highest-profile collective actions in the history of the Internet. -- Bkid 22:28, 23 September 2006 (UTC) It does not need mentioning, just because 7chan was a refuge for all of the /b/tards who were angry at the new enforcement of rules on /b/. The raid drew criticism from some 4chan users who felt it would bring the site undesirable attention. [61] Due partially to its anonymous nature, board moderation is not always successful—indeed, the site's anti-child pornography rule is a subject of jokes on /b/. Registration is not available and users typically post anonymously; posting is ephemeral, as threads receiving recent replies are "bumped" to the top of their respective board and old threads are deleted as new ones are created. SA, Fark, and GameFAQ's might be older (and famous accordingly), but the extreme ease of posting on 4chan boards and how it's evolved into something of a living thing suggest it trumphs all three. [147] The videos uploaded by the user had apparently become popular with 4chan members, who subsequently became angered after the account was suspended and called for a new wave of pornographic videos to be uploaded to YouTube on January 6, 2010. Note that 4chan.org is the 4chan site, whereas 4chan.com is an online peep show as of 2020. [200], On July 14, 2019, 17-year-old Bianca Devins was murdered by 21-year-old Brandon Clark of Utica, New York after the two went to a concert together. [102][103], In 2005, a meme known as the "duckroll" began, after Poole used a word filter to change "egg" to "duck" across 4chan. My e-mails have been hacked. The body was discovered in Port Orchard, Washington, after the images were posted. [145] A 4chan member acknowledged being part of the attack, telling BBC News that it was in response to YouTube "deleting music". Neither Nishimura nor RapeApe responded to these allegations. [59][60] Gawker's Nick Douglas summarized /b/ as a board where "people try to shock, entertain, and coax free porn from each other. [171] While the investigation was still open, Willis was charged with criminal defamation for a separate incident[172] but died before the case was heard. 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It makes you wonder how some people could be so stupid to still to this day think a child trafficking ring is being run out of a pizza place in Georgetown, Washington, D. C. or the U. S. Government blew up the World Trade Center itself so it could … [48], In a 2020 interview with Vice Media, several current or past moderators spoke about what they perceived as racist intent behind the site's management. As a result of this, a suspect was arrested and the cat was treated by a veterinarian and taken to a safe place.[126][127]. Roughly 10 percent of American adults believe in some or all of QAnon’s theories, according to a Pew Research study conducted No experience or programming knowledge is necessary for users to create their own boards. Soon after, a pair of 4chan moderators and a YouTube conspiracy theorist began working together to spread Q’s messages to a far wider audience. It has been used as a symbol of pedophilia by Maltese graffiti vandals prior to a papal visit. Those that do mention 4chan in a single sentence.—Ryulong 05:01, 2 March 2013 (UTC) I've cut everything down to this one sentence, as that's all the sources really say. We need sympathy after that landwhale got all the liberals teary eyed, so someone is going to have to make it look like the left is becoming more violent and radicalized. In September 2010, in retaliation against the Bollywood film industry's hiring of Aiplex Software to launch cyberattacks against The Pirate Bay, Anonymous members, recruited through posts on 4chan boards, subsequently initiated their own attacks, dubbed Operation Payback, targeting the website of the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America. [152] In retaliation for the initial attacks being called only a minor nuisance, Anonymous launched more attacks, bringing the site down yet again. Been around since 2004, taking over the maintenance of the text boards after Shii was fired. 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