2014 Tumblr-4chan Raids

2014 Tumblr-4chan Raids

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2014 4chan-Tumblr Raids were a series of back-and-forth spamming and other hostile acts carried out by sites Tumblr and 4chan against each other in early July 2014.


On June 9th, 2014, Tumblr blog shutdown4chan[1] posted a slide outlining a plan to carry out a raid on 4chan during the American Independence Day on the 4th of July. The post condemned the image board community as “racist, misogynistic and pure evil” and revealed that the goal of the mission was to shut down the site. It has been since rumored that the blog post might have been originally created by 4chan’s /pol/ board to trigger the war in the first place.

During the raid day, several posts attributed to the social justice blogosphere on Tumblr were made on 4chan’s boards, which accused the authors of their own prejudice and injustice. After that, users of 4chan retaliated by flooding a wide range of Tumblr tags related to feminism, social justice, and popular fandoms with gore and other unrelated shock images. Tumblr counter-acted by burying those posts with with their own posts of cute things, blocking the spammers, and advising other users to stay away from the tags until things clear up.

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Following the initial exchange, several petitions were created with the goal of shutting down 4chan[2][3]. In retaliation, 4chan users launched a counter-petition to label users of Tumblr as “mentally handicapped landwhales”[4].

On July 5th, the day after the raid, YouTuber InternetAristocrat uploaded a video featuring a sarcastic commentary of the events that transpired that day. In less than 24 hours, the video already gained 13,200 views and 1,645 thumbs up.

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I’m just gonna put my two cents here;
Why do I get the feeling that 4chan simply goaded tumblr into tearing itself apart? To wit;
*A handful of channers post gore/porn using popular tags, most of which get removed fairly quickly
*tumblr (or rather, the SJWs and the like) panics and starts flooding the tags with unrelated content just to drown out the offending images(not porn/gore, but still way off topic).
*tumblr rips itself to pieces while 4chan sits back, relaxes and loses some sides over the whole fiasco.
*KYM and co. start documenting/watching the whole thing while eating popcorn. The loss of sides is optional.
If this is the case, that was quite clever 4chan.


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