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It's the birthplace of some of the internet's most familiar memes, such as Rickrolling and LOLcats.
Privacy invasion: A trove of personal photos from female celebrities including Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence is circulating online. Credit: Reuters. In its own words, "4chan is a simple image-based bulletin board where anyone can post comments and share images. InChristopher Poole created 4chan as a site devoted to Japanese anime and manga pictures.
He was in his early teens.
Inthe New York entrepreneur was voted the world's most influential person in an online poll by Time magazine, a ballot which many speculate was rigged by 4chan users. Anyone can use the site as it requires no registration. Most eschew a user name, preferring to post as "anonymous". Leaver says the site is mainly used by a "young, male, affluent, western, demographic". Alex believes many young male teenagers are drawn to an anarchic, "anything goes" spirit of 4chan. Those who identify as girls or women are told "tits or gtfo" - "post an image showing your breasts or get the f out".
Officially, there are 17 "global rules" that apply across the site. They include observance all United States laws and a requirement that users are over 18 years old, as well as housekeeping dictums about posting in the right boards. A prohibition of child pornography is perhaps the sole rule which is generally observed. Leaver says 4Chan generally complies with requests from law enforcement bodies, and has a team of volunteer moderators enforcing rules, where they exist.
But the nature of the site means offending content often disappears off the main site long before it can be formally tackled.
Collins says there are "a lot of posts around girls and sex, like 'Facebook friends I would like to f'. Then again, Collins says he finds humorous and sometimes insightful messages amidst the degrading material. Leaver refers to the site's political activity, including the targeting of corrupt Chinese politicians. But 4chan and Anonymous are now independent, even if there is some cross-over in membership, according to Collins. Jennifer Lawrence and 4chan: inside the internet's dark fringe. Please try again later. The Sydney Morning Herald. By Patrick Begley Updated September 2, — 4.
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Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size. We spoke to two experts and a regular user to create a guide for the perplexed. How did it begin? Who uses 4chan? What are the rules? Are the rules enforced?
What is it like? Student user Alex finds many of the boards useful. How does 4chan relate to the Anonymous group? this article.4chan brisbane girls
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