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8chan, 8kun, 4chan, Endchan: What you CNET

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8chan is one of the most well-known chan-image-boards. 


A rash of posts in connection with mass shootings, a blow has been known light on loosely-moderated forums, as the chan-boards, or boards picture. While many people who visit these sites just to share, memes or discuss about video games web sites have become a meeting point for the advocates of the supremacy of the white and right-wing nationalists, the benefits of the free-wheeling and anonymous nature of the boards. 

The everything goes ” attitude has led, the chan-boards to the swamps of hate-filled comments. Especially in the case of a map, 8chan, has been a magnet for these contributions. After the alleged shooter in at least three of the mass in the year 2019 screeds posted shootings on 8chan-including El Paso, Texas, massacre in the beginning of August — 8chan was forced offline when the internet security company Cloudflare and other vendors decided to work with the site. 

8chan owner, Jim Watkins, was subpoenaed and appeared in private before the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security in September and said he would ensure that the Website has been offline voluntarily developed, to the tools to combat illegal content. 

Oct. 6, the 8chan Twitter account uploaded a video with a new name for the page: 8kun. The new site officially went live, Nov. 2. Watkins uploaded a video say on the same day that the Website received heavy traffic. 

“It is a fantastic lot of users tried to access at a time,” he said in the video. To suffocate, “although I expect setbacks and attacks, it is almost to the point where not a person, a company or a government will be able to us. Up to this surprising trumpet sounds, it is likely that this movement will not stop.”

On Nov. 6, domain registrar Tucows removed the Website, to say it, violated, the company service agreement. 8kun is still offline. 

The emphasis is on 8chan, which allows people to publish anything as long as it is legal in the United States, according to their FAQ, is understandable. The man accused of the killing of 22 people in the Walmart in El Paso was published in connection with an anti-immigrant screed, on 8chan. Contributions tied to the new Zealand mosque shooting, in March and the San Diego-area synagogue shooting in April, also on 8chan were. 

8chan owner Jim Watkins

8chan owner Jim Watkins.

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The site is not alone, though. Hundreds of these boards out there, and they are relatively easy to build for those familiar with the creation of websites. A user of 4chan, one of the oldest of the chan boards, released details of the Jeffrey Epstein prison suicide in August, a little more than half an hour before the news appeared on any mainstream Websites. A Norwegian man accused of shooting tried to have a mosque in the vicinity of Oslo in August a link posted, livestream, his deed Endchan, a other board. Administrators of the site say, the post was immediately removed.

Here’s what you need to know about this chan, or image-boards, and the people who use them.

Who is the typical poster? is

It’s hard to know exactly. But if 4chan is our guide, a typical poster is the kind you would expect probably: young and male. A 4chan-ads-page says about 70% of users are men, and most of them have some college education. It is the 18 to 34 demographic lists – year-old, like the demo. Almost half of the users are in the USA, followed by UK, Canada and Australia. Many Express an interest in anime, video games, and technology. 

These numbers are not the entire population of the chan capture board users. A lot of people make use of the chan boards, to discuss where you are able to post anonymous questions to homosexuality or to share amateur artwork. Some are in the dressing up as anime, video game or comic book characters and post photos of their outfits. And, of course, there are the loud, hate-trolls fulfilled.

Why are chan boards controversial?

Let’s get one thing straight: a lot of chan boards are nothing more than places for people with an intense interest in a topic to exchange thoughts. If you have a passion, an inch wide and a mile deep, you might find a community of like-minded people on a chan board. But since chan boards are loosely moderated, and the anonymity, you have to be fulfilled also conduct a breeding ground for ideas of hatred and bullying. And they have spawned, some illegal activity.

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the logo for The hacker group Anonymous. 


Anonymous, the hacker collective that began on 4chan, and has its name from the anonymity that the site offers to users. The group of the first major hacking operation, project Chanology began in 2008, and took over the Church of Scientology. In the same year, the University of Tennessee student David Kernell screenshots posted show, his hacking of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s E-Mail account on 4chan. 

Chan boards is not required, create user accounts, this is a great attraction. Each user can create a numbered thread or reply to one. No names are needed. Like other websites, the user can, however, the digital bread crumbs, such as IP addresses are recorded. 

Some of the chan boards like 4chan, stYou ore this information, so it can be retrieved at a later date. The Website worked with the FBI on several occasions, the provision of the required information in some criminal cases. 8chan owner Watkins also confirmed its Website admins worked with the law enforcement authorities after the recent mass shootings. In a statement to the House Committee on Homeland Security Wednesday, released he said the site requests, in the year of 2019 has been met with 56 law enforcement alone. 

Back up a bit. Where did it all start?

Chan boards started in the year 1999 by a Japanese student who lives in Arkansas. 2channel, or 2ch for short, was an anonymous Japanese text board created by Hiroyuki Nishimura, who was a student at the University of Central Arkansas. His skyrocketing popularity in Japan, including by its anonymous publication allowed the people to vent their anger, without the worry of humiliation. 

On Aug. 30, 2001, fans of 2ch creates a backup board 2chan called driving due to concerns of 2ch down. The new board, also known as Futaba channel, was an image board in contrast to his predecessor, and began to thrive on its own. A fan of the new Board of Directors, was a 15-year-old Christopher “Moot” Poole who was inspired to create his own board-call of 4chan in his New York City home.

Like 4chan grew in popularity, some people began carrying out illegal activities, such as swapping of stolen personal data and setting of child pornography. This attracted the attention of law enforcement moved in. Poole cracked down in 2014, way to many users. Poole sold 4chan to Nishimura in the year 2015, and has since started to work at Google. 

Chris Poole

4chan Creator Chris Poole speaks at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in 2010.

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A former 4chan users, Fredrick “Hotwheels” Brennan said, he saw an alternative during a psychedelic mushroom trip in 2013. He called his site infinite Chan, that came later, known as 8chan, because the figure 8 is reflected in the symbol for infinity. The Board of management received little attention until 2014, when 4chan started cracking down on posts about GamerGate, a controversy over the video-game-culture the treatment of women, was get a online proxy for culture. 

Brennan sniffed the opportunity and the drum beat of the user, head over to 8chan. They Did. The increase in the volume of traffic attracted the attention of Watkins, the 2chan had acquired by Nishimura in the year 2014. Watkins and Brennan worked together on 8chan from the Philippines to 2016, when Brennan distancing himself from the site. Since then, he is called for the siteis closed. 

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Fredrick Brennan, created, 8chan, but now he regrets. 

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8chan has since shortly after the El Paso massacre, although Watkins has promised it will go live after his Sept. 5 meeting with the House Committee on Homeland Security. To clear In a statement to the Committee Wednesday, Watkins published said he has “no intention of constitutionally protected hate.”

Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi and Chairman of the Committee, and Rep. Mike Rogers, a Republican from Alabama and ranking member of the Committee, in a statement released Thursday, according to Watkins’ deposition. 

“We would like to thank Mr Watkins, the Congressman said, for his cooperation today,” in a press release. “He’s great and helpful information to the Committee about the structure, operation and policies of 8Chan and its other companies. We look forward to his continued cooperation with the Committee, he stated his desire to do so during today’s deposition.”

What are some of the most popular boards? Are you sure?

4chan is still the most popular of the picture-boards, the Websites that require you to post pictures to start a discussion thread. It receives more than 27 million unique visitors per month, and it ranks in the global top 1,000 websites, according to Alexa analytics, site. 8chan its popularity has waned since the first increase in 2014. And there are many other derivative chan boards, such as Endchan, 7chan and dream Chan. No fits 4chan’s popularity, but some are active, if small municipalities. 

the visit to a chan Website is usually harmless. However, it is best to be careful. Some of the user panel links in your posts that you are infected to a Website, your computer. There is also the possibility of coming across disturbing content. So exercise common sense when browsing through posts.

published Sept. 5 and updates, new developments occur. 

Released on Thu, 07 Nov 2019 22:45:00 +0000

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