Homepage on June 3, 2019
Type of siteImageboard
Available inEnglish
OwnerHiroyuki Nishimura
Created byChristopher Poole
URLwww.4chan.org (NSFW)www.4channel.org (SFW)
CommercialYes
RegistrationNone available (except for staff)
LaunchedOctober 1, 2003; 18 years ago[1]

4chan is an anonymous English-language imageboard website. 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. 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. As of May 2021, 4chan receives more than 20 million unique monthly visitors, with more than 900,000 posts made daily.[2]

4chan was created as an unofficial English-language counterpart to the Japanese imageboard Futaba Channel, also known as 2chan, and its first boards were created for posting images and discussion related to anime. The site has been described as a hub of Internet subculture, with its community being influential in the formation of prominent Internet memes, such as lolcatsRickrollingrage comics, and Wojaks, as well as hacktivist and political movements, such as Anonymous and the alt-right. 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. The Guardian summarized the 4chan community of 2008 as “lunatic, juvenile (…) brilliant, ridiculous and alarming”.[3]

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