Knowledge Identifier: $4chan



English-language imageboard website add

Category: Civil society (10)

Launched in 1987.

Countries: United States (34%), (16%), United Kingdom (6%)

Main connections: California, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Verizon Wireless

Linked to: Apple Inc., Democratic Party, Motion Picture Association of America, Republican Party




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An unidentified 4chan user applied the concept of the duckroll to what appeared to be a link to the trailer on YouTube, but instead showed the music video for Rick Astley's 1987 song "Never Gonna Give You Up" add something


Launched on October 1, 2003, its boards were originally used for the posting of pictures and discussion of manga and anime, as the site was modelled on Japanese imageboards add something


During 2004, 4chan briefly went offline, returned fully online a few months later add something

During the early days of 4chan, the boards that originally existed were the anime, random, cute, hentai, and yaoi boards; a lolicon board existed at l/, but after being disabled for a week around the turn of the year 2004 it was removed in October 2004 add something


In 2005, a meme known as the "duckroll" began, after Poole used a word filter to change "egg" to "duck" across 4chan add something


In 2005, the meme was widely popularized by 4chan in the form of "Caturday" add something

The "no invasions" rule was added in late 2006, after b/ users spent most of the summer "invading" Habbo Hotel add something


On October 18, 2006, the Department of Homeland Security warned National Football League officials in Miami, New York City, Atlanta, Seattle, Houston, Oakland, and Cleveland about a possible threat involving the simultaneous use of dirty bombs at stadia add something


On October 20, 2006, Brahm turned himself in to federal authorities, and was charged with fabricating a fake terrorist threat and taken into custody add something


Users of 4chan and other websites "raided" Hal Turner by launching DDoS attacks and prank calling his phone-in radio show during December 2006 and January 2007 add something


In March 2007, the trailer for the video game "Grand Theft Auto IV" was released add something

A link to the YouTube video of Tay Zonday's song "Chocolate Rain" was posted on b/ on July 11, 2007 add something


KTTV Fox 11 aired a report on Anonymous, calling them a group of "hackers on steroids", "domestic terrorists", and collectively an "Internet hate machine" on July 26, 2007 add something


On September 11, 2007, at 9:11 am Central time, two pipe bombs will be remote-detonated at Pflugerville High School add something


Jarrad Willis, a 20-year-old from Melbourne, Australia was arrested on December 8, 2007, after apparently posting on 4chan that he was "going to shoot and kill as many people as I can until which time I am incapacitated or killed by the police" add something


A 2008 article in "The Observer" had him down as "the most influential web entrepreneur you've never heard of", though he has since been described in more limited terms such as "benefactor" add something


Her rise to exposure began in late 2008 and early 2009, surrounding self-made videos that were initially made to be posted to her Gaia Online profile add something

In 2008, the "Japan/General" board at jp/ was created for topics that did not fit under the anime and manga category of a/; jp/ was later renamed to "Otaku Culture" add something

On January 15, 2008, a 4chan user posted to b/, suggesting participants "do something big" against the Church of Scientology's website add something


On February 28, 2008, he pled guilty to the federal charges add something


Christopher Poole kept his real life identity hidden until it was revealed on July 9, 2008, in "The Wall Street Journal" add something


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 add something


The stock price of Apple Inc. fell significantly in October 2008 after a hoax story was submitted to CNN's user-generated news site iReport.com claiming that company CEO Steve Jobs had suffered a major heart attack add something


In February 2009, "The Washington Post" reported that Poole had attended Virginia Commonwealth University for a few semesters before dropping out add something

On February 4, 2009, a posting on the 4chan b/ board said there would be a school shooting at St Eskils Gymnasium in Eskilstuna, Sweden add something


On February 15, 2009, two videos featuring the physical abuse of a domestic cat named Dusty by a person calling himself "Timmy" were posted on YouTube add something


In March 2009, "Time" backpedaled somewhat on the issue by placing the moot persona on the 2009 Time 100 finalists list add something


In April 2009, Poole was voted the world's most influential person of 2008 by an open Internet poll conducted by "Time" magazine add something


In May 2009, members of the site attacked YouTube, posting pornographic videos on the site add something


On July 26, 2009, AT&T's DSL branch temporarily blocked access to the img add something


On July 27, 2009, AT&T issued a statement claiming that the block was put in place after an AT&T customer was affected by a denial-of-service attack originating from IP addresses connected to img add something


On September 12, 2009, Poole gave a talk on why 4chan has a reputation as a "Meme Factory" at the Paraflows Symposium in Vienna, Austria, which was part of the Paraflows 09 festival, themed Urban Hacking add something


In 2010 4chan implemented reCAPTCHA in an effort to thwart spam arising from JavaScript worms add something


In a 2010 interview, Poole discussed his belief in the value of multiple identities, including anonymity, in contrast to the merge of online and real-world identities occurring on Facebook and many other social networking sites add something


In January 2010, members of the site attacked YouTube again in response to the suspension of YouTube user lukeywes1234 for failing to meet the minimum age requirement of thirteen add something


In February 2010, a photoshopped version of Pedobear appeared along with mascots of the 2010 Winter Olympics in an article on the games in "Gazeta Olszty?ska", a Polish newspaper add something


On February 4, 2010, 4chan started receiving reports from Verizon Wireless customers that they were having difficulties accessing the site's image boards add something


On February 7, 2010, Verizon Wireless confirmed that 4chan was "explicitly blocked" add something


On February 10, 2010, Poole spoke at the !TED2010_conference (TED_(conference)) in Long Beach, California add something


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 add something


On November 29, 2010, Ali Saad, aged 19, was arrested and had his home raided by the FBI for posting child pornography and death threats on 4chan add something


For instance, on December 28, 2010, 4chan went down due to a such an attack add something


In a 2011 interview on Nico Nico Douga, Poole explained that there are approximately 20 volunteer moderators active on 4chan add something


In January 2011, Matthew Riskin Bean, a 20-year-old man from New Jersey was sentenced to 45 days in prison for cyberbullying on 4chan add something

In January 2011, Poole announced the deletion of the r9k/ and new/ boards, saying that new/ had become devoted to racist discussions, and r9k/ no longer served its original purpose of being a test implementation of xkcd's ROBOT9000 script add something


The website opened on January 31, 2011, and features digitally modified images uploaded by users who are required to self-identify using Facebook Connect add something


Collin Campbell, a U.S. Navy Machinist's Mate, was arrested in February 2011 after a fellow seaman found child pornography on his iPhone that he downloaded entirely from 4chan add something


Ronald Ohlson, 37, was raided April 2011, at his upstate New York home by the Department of Homeland Security after he obtained child pornography from 4chan add something


In May 2011, Lucas Henderson, a 22-year-old Rochester Institute of Technology student, was arrested for counterfeit couponing on 4chan add something


After 4chan reported a 15 year old boy in California who posted child pornography, the United States Department of Homeland Security raided his home on June 7, 2011 and took all electronic items add something


Recording of video feed available at: July 27, 2011, ://live add something


Later in November 2011, 4chan made the transition to utilising CloudFlare following a series of distributed denial of service attacks add something


On February 17, 2012, Thaddeus McMichael was arrested by the FBI for child pornography charges, after posting comments on Facebook claiming that he possessed child pornography add something


The 4chan imageboards were rewritten in valid HTML5/CSS3 in May 2012 in an effort to improve client-side performance add something


As of September 28, 2012, 4chan introduced a "4chan pass", which when purchased "allows users to bypass typing a reCAPTCHA verification when posting and reporting posts on the 4chan image boards" add something


On October 1, 2013, 4chan became 10 years old add something

On January 21, 2014, an anonymous poster started a thread on b/ identifying a student named Westley Sullivan who apparently went to the same high school as the poster add something


In August 2014, the Gamergate controversy in video game culture involved 4chan in events surrounding a dispute between indie game developer Zoe Quinn and the self-described radical feminist group The Fine Young Capitalists add something


On August 31, 2014, a large number of private photographs taken by celebrities were posted online, due to a compromise of user passwords at iCloud add something


Court documents filed on November 5, 2014 state that images posted to 4chan appeared to be of a murder victim whose body was discovered in Port Orchard, Washington after the images were posted add something


In a January 2015 blog post, Poole announced that he would be leaving the role as 4chan's administrator add something


On January 21, 2015, moot stepped down as the site's administrator add something


On September 21, 2015, moot announced that Hiroyuki Nishimura had purchased from him the ownership rights to 4chan, without disclosing the terms of the acquisition add something


As of January 2016, 4chan hosts 66 discussion-based imageboards, one upload-only Flash board, and a number of trial boards add something


In October 2016, it was reported that the site was facing financial difficulties that could lead to its closure or radical changes add something


Kalac was convicted in April 2017 and was sentenced to 82 years in prison the following month add something


On June 28, 2018, a man named Eric M. Radulovic was arrested following an indictment by the U.S. Department of Justice "on one count of transmitting in interstate and foreign commerce a threat to injure the person of another add something


On November 17, 2018, it was announced that the site would be split into two, with the work-safe boards moved to a new domain, 4channel.org, while the NSFW boards would remain on the 4chan.org domain add something


On March 20, 2019 Australian telecom company Telstra denied access to millions of Australians to the websites 4chan, 8chan, Zero Hedge, and Liveleak as a reaction to the Christchurch mosque shootings add something