4chan

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Christopher Poole

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Launched by Christopher Poole on October 1, 2003, the site was originally created as an English counterpart to the Japanese imageboard Futaba Channel, also known as 2chan.
He is best known for founding the anonymous English-language imageboard 4chan in October 2003, also serving as the site's head administrator for more than 11 years before stepping down in January 2015.

Alt-right

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The site has been described as a hub of Internet subculture, with 4chan's community being influential in the formation and spread of prominent Internet memes, including lolcats, Rickrolling, and rage comics, as well as activist and political movements, such as Anonymous and the alt-right.
His term was shortened to "alt-right" and popularised by far-right participants of /pol/, the politics board of web forum 4chan.

Anonymous (group)

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The site has been described as a hub of Internet subculture, with 4chan's community being influential in the formation and spread of prominent Internet memes, including lolcats, Rickrolling, and rage comics, as well as activist and political movements, such as Anonymous and the alt-right.
Anonymous originated in 2003 on the imageboard 4chan representing the concept of many online and offline community users simultaneously existing as an anarchic, digitized global brain.

Imageboard

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4chan is an anonymous English-language imageboard website.
The most popular English language imageboard, 4chan, similarly has a large variety of topics.

Lolcat

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The site has been described as a hub of Internet subculture, with 4chan's community being influential in the formation and spread of prominent Internet memes, including lolcats, Rickrolling, and rage comics, as well as activist and political movements, such as Anonymous and the alt-right.
The first recorded use of the term "lolcat" was used on 4chan, an anonymous imageboard.

Rickrolling

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The site has been described as a hub of Internet subculture, with 4chan's community being influential in the formation and spread of prominent Internet memes, including lolcats, Rickrolling, and rage comics, as well as activist and political movements, such as Anonymous and the alt-right. Unlike previous Anonymous attacks, this action was characterized by 4chan memes including rickrolls and Guy Fawkes masks.
Rickrolling was reported to have begun as a variant of an earlier prank from the imageboard 4chan known as duckrolling.

Gamergate controversy

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On January 21, 2015, Poole stepped down as the site's administrator citing stress from controversies such as Gamergate as the reason for his departure.
Gamergate supporters organized anonymously or pseudonymously on online platforms such as 4chan, Internet Relay Chat, Twitter, and Reddit.

Time 100

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In April 2009, Poole was voted the world's most influential person of 2008 by an open Internet poll conducted by Time magazine.
In 2009, the winner of the online poll was 4chan founder Christopher Poole, who received 16,794,368 votes.

Futaba Channel

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Launched by Christopher Poole on October 1, 2003, the site was originally created as an English counterpart to the Japanese imageboard Futaba Channel, also known as 2chan.
The 4chan imageboards are based on Futaba.

Hiroyuki Nishimura

On September 21, 2015, Poole announced that Hiroyuki Nishimura had purchased from him the ownership rights to 4chan, without disclosing the terms of the acquisition.
Hiroyuki Nishimura is a Japanese internet entrepreneur who is the founder and former administrator of the most accessed Japanese message board site 2channel, and current administrator of 4chan.

Sarah Palin email hack

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In April 2010, Poole gave evidence in the trial United States of America v. David Kernell as a government witness.
Kernell then posted several pages of Palin's email on 4chan's /b/ board.

The Daily Stormer

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The Southern Poverty Law Center regards /pol/'s rhetorical style as widely emulated by white supremacist websites such as The Daily Stormer; the Stormers editor, Andrew Anglin, concurred.
The site is known for its use of Internet memes, which have been likened to the imageboard 4chan and cited as attractions for a younger and more ideologically diverse audience.

Project Chanology

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Through its association with Anonymous, 4chan has become associated with Project Chanology, a worldwide protest against the Church of Scientology held by members of Anonymous.
Project Chanology was formulated by users of the English-speaking imageboards 711chan.org and 4chan, the associated partyvan.info wiki, and several Internet Relay Chat channels, all part of a group collectively known as Anonymous, on January 16, 2008 after the Church of Scientology issued a copyright violation claim against YouTube for hosting material from the Cruise video.

ReCAPTCHA

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In 2010, 4chan had implemented reCAPTCHA in an effort to thwart spam arising from JavaScript worms.
The system has been reported as displaying over 100 million CAPTCHAs every day, on sites such as Facebook, TicketMaster, Twitter, 4chan, CNN.com, StumbleUpon, Craigslist (since June 2008), and the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration's digital TV converter box coupon program website (as part of the US DTV transition).

Rage comic

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The site has been described as a hub of Internet subculture, with 4chan's community being influential in the formation and spread of prominent Internet memes, including lolcats, Rickrolling, and rage comics, as well as activist and political movements, such as Anonymous and the alt-right.
Although used on numerous websites such as Reddit, Cheezburger, ESS.MX, Ragestache, and 9GAG, the source of the rage comic has largely been attributed to 4chan in mid-2007.

2channel

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Nishimura was the former administrator of 2channel between 1999 and 2014, the website forming the basis for anonymous posting culture which influenced later websites such as Futaba Channel and 4chan; Nishimura lost the rights for 2channel to ex-US Army officer Jim Watkins following financial difficulties and a series of scandals involving Nishimura's alleged data mining and sales of 2channel personal user data to political parties.
In a Q&A session on 4chan shortly after becoming the site's owner, Nishimura claimed that control over 2channel was stolen by Watkins, and that he had filed a lawsuit against Watkins.

Internet meme

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The site has been described as a hub of Internet subculture, with 4chan's community being influential in the formation and spread of prominent Internet memes, including lolcats, Rickrolling, and rage comics, as well as activist and political movements, such as Anonymous and the alt-right. Unlike previous Anonymous attacks, this action was characterized by 4chan memes including rickrolls and Guy Fawkes masks.
Matt Furie's cartoon character Pepe the Frog became an Internet meme when its popularity steadily grew across Myspace, Gaia Online and 4chan in 2008.

Encyclopedia Dramatica

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/r9k/ was restored on October 23, 2011, along with /hc/ ("Hardcore", previously deleted), /pol/ (a rebranding of /new/) and the new /diy/ board, in addition to an apology by Poole where he recalls how he criticized the deletion of Encyclopedia Dramatica and realized that he had done the same.
C't, a European magazine for IT professionals, noted the site's role in introducing newcomers to the culture of 4chan's /b/, a notorious Internet imageboard.

Randall Munroe

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In January 2011, Poole announced the deletion of the /r9k/ ("ROBOT9000") and /new/ (News) 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.
Shortly after Munroe's blog post about the script went live, 4chan administrator moot adapted the script to moderate the site's experimental /r9k/ board.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fandom

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Adult fans of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic are also known to frequent 4chan, having had a board dedicated to their interest.
Though the show had been discussed on 4chan's 'comics and cartoon' board ('/co/') before the essay's publication, the alarmist nature of the essay led to more interest in the show, resulting in a positive response for the series for its plot, characters, and animation style.

Guy Fawkes mask

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Unlike previous Anonymous attacks, this action was characterized by 4chan memes including rickrolls and Guy Fawkes masks.
The character developed as an Internet meme, common on imageboards such as 4chan as well as on video-sharing based Web sites such as YouTube.

Hacktivism

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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.
Anonymous originated on the forums of 4chan during 2003, but didn't rise to prominence until 2008 when they directly attacked the Church of Scientology in a massive DoS attack.

Pedobear

In his American incarnation, Pedobear is an anthropomorphic bear child predator that is often used within the community to mock contributors showing a sexual interest in children.
Pedobear is an Internet meme that became popular through the imageboard 4chan.

Anime

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4chan's first boards were created for posting images and discussion related to anime.
Another word that has arisen describing fans in the United States is wapanese meaning White individuals who desire to be Japanese, or later known as weeaboo for individuals who demonstrate a strong interest in Japanese anime subculture, which is a term that originated from abusive content posted on the popular bulletin board website 4chan.org.

White supremacy

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The Southern Poverty Law Center regards /pol/'s rhetorical style as widely emulated by white supremacist websites such as The Daily Stormer; the Stormers editor, Andrew Anglin, concurred.
Daniels discussed the emergence of other social media outlets such as 4chan and Reddit, which meant that the "spread of white nationalist symbols and ideas could be accelerated and amplified".