After more than eleven years running the anarchic online community he founded in his New York bedroom at the age of 15, Christopher “Moot” Poole says he is stepping aside from day-to-day management of the site
A hashtag that started as a complaint about ethics in video-game journalism has spawned a movement aimed at attacking and harassing female journalists, developers and others — and the same fuel that allows positive social-media campaigns to go viral has fanned the flames of violence
One of the sites at the center of the nude photography scandal just put in place DMCA measures that shield websites from copyright liability. Here’s the likely explanation of why it did so.
The FBI is investigating last weekend’s leak of nude photos of several actresses and celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton. The shots appeared on 4chan on Sunday, and it currently looks like the poster purloined them from the victims’ iCloud accounts. Apple also says it is actively investigating the incident. Although some of the shots are apparently fakes, Lawrence’s agent has confirmed that at least some of hers are real. A couple years ago, a Florida man was sentenced to 10 years for hacking nude photos of Scarlett Johansson and others.
Critics argue that anonymity of the kind offered by apps like Secret and in blog comments creates an environment for bad behavior, but 4chan founder Chris “Moot” Poole says anonymity has value because it encourages honesty and empowers creativity
4chan founder Chris Poole believes that users need a balance of anonymity and identity online, a strategy he hopes social networks will also adopt as a way to allow people to make mistakes online without having to worry about those transgression coming back to haunt them.
Seven years after launching anarchic image board site 4chan, Christopher Poole unveiled Canvas in January, a re-imagined message board that takes the learnings of 4chan and applies them to a more mainstream community. Now, Canvas, which has been in private beta, is open to the public.
4Chan, the influential and controversial internet subculture that spawned Anonymous, Rickrolling and Rage Guy, is “misunderstood” as “the da…
As the U.S. government and a series of corporations such as Visa, MasterCard and PayPal keep up the pressure on WikiLeaks, a rough alliance of hackers and supporters have taken it upon themselves to wage an ongoing cyber-war in defense of the document-leaking organization.