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Added Sep 19, 2014 at 09:48PM EDT by Lycanroc.

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About

8chan, also known as InfiniteChan and ∞chan, is an anonymous image board that allows users to create and moderate their own custom boards. The site gained a large influx of new users following the controversial banning of all GamerGate related threads on 4chan in September 2014.

History

The domain 8chan.co[1] was registered by New York-based computer programmer Fredrick Brennan on October 22nd, 2013.[7] In September 2014, 4chan founder Christopher Poole (a.k.a. "Moot") posted an announcement explaining why all GamerGate threads were being removed from the site, claiming that many were violating the site's global "no personal information / raids / calls to invasion" rule (shown below). Many users subsequently flocked to 8chan as an alternative image board with fewer restrictions, began to mockingly refer to 4chan as "halfchan" and lamented the site's demise with the expression "4chan is kill."


[Return] [Catalog] [Bottom] [Update] [L Auto] Sticky Closed /0 0 1 □ Regarding recent events moot ## Admin 09/19/14(Fri)04: 18:48 No.2642271 39 メ曲▶ The decision to remove "GamerGate" threads has been poorly communicated, and that's my fault. Said threads are being deleted primarily because they violate our blanket "no personal information / raids / calls to invasion" rule. Spamming the reports system and creating multiple topics were also a factor, especially given /V/ is one of 4chan's fastest moving boards and has historically struggled with keeping topics limited to actual video games. Regarding a perceived lack of free speech/censorship many seem to misinterpret my advocating for anonymous communication and highlighting that it allows people to share things they otherwise wouldn't be comfortable with on other platforms as "you can say and do anything on 4chan," which simply isn't the case. We've had rules and moderators since the site was founded * 11 years ago", and I've only reinforced this statement over the years, a la: https://archive moeiq thread/580080/#580135 To those who actually want to use to discuss vidya and not a movement that has outgrown 4chan (a la Project Chanology)--apologies for the inconvenience [Return] [Catalog] [Top] [Update] [E] Auto] Sticky Closed /0 0/1

Patreon Launch

Following the influx of new users to 8chan, Brennan launched a Patreon[6] page to request donations to help fund the website. In the page's description, Brennan announced that he plans to make 8chan a nonprofit, with any excess money donated to organizations like Wikileaks and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. As of September 2014, it has received over 115 patrons funding $975 per month.


REDRICK BRENNAN IS CREATING REE SPEECH FRIENDLY 4CHAN ALTERNATIVE Home Creations 3 Activity 119 Patrons O Follow Give $1 per month Become a Patron chan Welcome to-chan, the infinitely expanding imageboard There are currently 274e boards. On -chan, you can create your own imageboard for free with no experience ar programming knowledge needed. As long as the admin logs in once per week and it gets one new post every 72 hours the board wl be hosted 119 $975.04 forever Create your board Browse existing boards 卩atrons per month

On December 21st, Brennan posted a letter he received from Patreon informing him that his page would be removed for the website violating "new community guidelines."[12] That day, Brennan changed the titled of the Patreon page to "Fredrick Brennan is Creating Videos About Hachi the Cat!", which featured a video explaining that he would be releasing videos of his cat to help pay for his aid to help take care of it (shown below). Additionally, Brennan launched a donation page for 8chan on the crowdfunding site Gratipay.[13]



2ch Partnership

On September 22nd, 2014, Brennan tweeted an announcement that 8chan would be partnering with 2ch, becoming the Japanese imageboard's international division.


8chan.co@infinitechan 1h As part of the #2ch partnership, 8chan will become 2ch's international division. This will require some downtime to do a server transfer. chor 35 ★37 8chan.co@infinitechan 1h I am pleased to announce that »chan is partnering with #2ch, who have been protecting free speech online in Japan since 1999. #poolesclosed chor 2 98 ★91

2019 El Paso Shooter Manifesto and Cloudfare Service Termination

On August 3rd, 2019, a mass shooting took place near Walmart and Cielo Vista shopping centers in El Paso, Texas, resulting in the deaths of 20 people and injuring two dozen more. Approximately 20 minutes before, the shooter, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, posted a manifesto on 8chan in which he wrote about his hatred towards immigrant groups in the US, particularly towards Hispanics.[20]

Following the extensive coverage of the link between the imageboard and the shooting, as well as previously established links between 8chan and the 2019 Christchurch Mosque Shootings and 2019 Poway Sinagogue Shooting, the site received mainstream recognition online, with calls to shut down the website and persecute its founder and former owner Fredrick "Hotwheels" Brennan appearing on the social media.[21] Brennan, who retired from the site in April 2016, had reinstated his support for shutting down the site.[22]


Fredrick Brennan @HW BEAT_THAT Another 8chan shooting? F--- me. Am I ever going to be able to move on with my life? F--- you Jim Watkins. It will never make money, just do the world a favor and shut it off like you autistically threatened to do many times when I still gave a f--- 5:34 PM - 3 Aug 2019 Brianna Wu @BriannaWu THREE mass shootings have been planned and executed from 8chan. The @FBI could restore public confidence by immediately arresting 8chan founder Fredrick Brennan and prosecuting him. His crimes include hosting child p---, facilitating terrorism and sharing stolen CCs on 8chan. 6:40 AM-4 Aug 2019

On August 4th, web performance and security company Cloudflare announced that they will be terminating support for 8chan.[23]

While removing 8chan from our network takes heat off of us, it does nothing to address why hateful sites fester online. It does nothing to address why mass shootings occur. It does nothing to address why portions of the population feel so disenchanted they turn to hate. In taking this action we've solved our own problem, but we haven't solved the Internet's.

On August 5th, the website has been voluntarily shut down by the 8chan administrators, allegedly temporarily.[24]

8kun

On October 6th, 2019, the official 8chan Twitter feed posted a short video unveiling a logo for 8kun (shown below).



On October 8th, The Daily Dot[25] published an article titled "8chan is attempting to relaunch and rebrand--but it may already be doomed," which discussed speculation that the site may be taken down again upon relaunch, citing tweets by founder Fredrick Brennan.

On November 1st, 2019, 8chan official twitter account announced that the imageboard migration was in progress and announced that the website might become available on the clearnet on the following day.[26]

On November 2nd, 2019, a QAnon post appeared on 8chan (post and user reactions shown below).[33]


3Days3Nights 03 @3Days3Nights Q posted today on 8kun. Trump has not confirmed yet with a Q proof. Q made the first post today on 8kun at 7:47PM. With 6 minutes to spare before "93 days dark" expired at 7:53PM 11/02/19 (Sat) 19:47:25 ID: b431f7 Q !mG7VJxZNCI No.7350508 /BAS_Test/2 6:44 PM - 2 Nov 2019 Travis View @travis_view After three months, the QAnon community finally got a new Q drop. This is the longest they have even been deprived of Q posts, so they're evidently enthusiastic. Smf07 TK Q IS BACK! Q IS BACK! THANK GOD ALM #QAnon #WWG1 W #AndAwayWeGo @TKPvikings "Q" is back home!! Pr Thank You "JESUS" T @CodeMonkeyZ Mr. SWEET Team!! DandoShaft @MorainRon Thank God Q is ba withdrawals! 8kun is up with the 7:56 AM 03 Nov 19 Twitter f 11:37 PM 02 Nov 19 Twi 8:55 AM - 3 Nov 2019

On November 3rd, 2019, Fredrick Brennan reported that the website was now available on the clearnet[27], mentioning that the website was hosted by a Russia-based hosting service Media Land LLC owned by Alexander "Yahlishanda" Volosivyk and known for hosting ransomware and stolen credit card data (tweet shown below).[28][29]


Fredrick Brennan @HW_BEAT_THAT For the first time in a while 8kun is up on the clearnet! Got a corkscrew? Oh wait, what's this? Jim Watkins was only able to get his crusty ship online by floating to Vladivostok and working with known cybercrook Medialand LLC? Say it ain't so! krebsonsecurity.com/2019/07/meet-t. B» 185.254.121.200 dig A 8kun.net dress, Domain Name or Subnet 14.7 > A 8kun.net ions: +cmd w 00 not ound in our datasa opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 9 rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY : 0 SECTION on: 0, flags : ; udp: 512 ЕСTION: PAbuss Reports for aas254.21.20 IN А РоссийскАЯ ФЕДЕРАЦия RUSSIAN FEDERATION TION 185.2 59 IN А POCCHBCKAX E3EPAx : 203 msec 8.8.8#53(8.8.8.8) 514421408 AECH AIRNCAR ALE Nov 04 19: 09 : 31 PST 2019 s0.D3.13 rcvd: 53 18.0f.2010 3:16 AM - 4 Nov 2019 sts442140

On the same day, multiple news sources reported on the website being available again, including articles by VICE,[28] Gizmodo[30] and Verge.[31] Upon the clearnet launch, 8kun had 63 publicly accessible boards, with the popular /pol/ board missing.

On November 5th, 2019, 8kun administrator Ron Watkins reposted that the website sustained attacks for the past several days.[32] As of November 5th, 2019, the website could not be accessed from clearnet.

Features

8chan allows users to create and moderate their own custom boards, similar to subreddits on Reddit. In order for a board to remain on the site, it needs to receive at least one post per 72 hours and the moderator must log in once per week.[4] The site contains only one global rule to "not post, request, or link to any content illegal in the United States of America."[5]


Rules 8chan Icowl is the latest in a line of imageboards hosting the lolcow community. Global rule .Do not post, request, or link to any content illegal in the United States of America. Do not create boards with the sole purpose of posting or spreading such content. Board rules 1. New threads must pertain to established or potential lolcows. Off-topic discussion is permitted on Fridays in

On September 20th, Brennan posted an explanation for how the site's moderation works and why he decided to implement it that way.


File (hide): 1411191425960 png (7.12 KB, 801x577, 801:577, 1381371823216.png) intresding: Anonymous Admin 09/20/14 (Sat) 00 37 05 No 1874 Last 50 Postsl ve been getting a lot of questions about how 8chan.co's moderation works so I thought Id write a post explaining the system I devised a year ago in detail when this was in the planning stage. I think that this system is robust enough to work even now with all of our new users The idea of this system is to minimize the trust needed in moderators to prevent "do it for free" moderators from accepting bribes (sexual or otherwise) to corrupt the site as has happened with 4chan ochan allows anyone who wants to to become the moderator of their own board. They are given free reign to institute whatever rules they wish on their board, as long as they do not affect the global rules nod really:D The largest board owners are promoted to Global Moderators. This is devised by an algorithm, but moderators are only promoted with my express approval All new global moderators are sent a message congratulating them on becoming global moderators and explaining their duties. Their duties are to simply delete CP, excessive spam and other illegal content that comes on the server and ban the posting users and their IP ranges There is a large penalty for abusing their powers to ban users for other reasons. That penalty is that I will not only remove their global moderator position, but also comandeer their board. I will then find another suitable owner for it among the board's users and give it to them. Thus, the only people who moderate 8chan.co are those who have a stake in the site itself because they own the boards. Thus, they are not really doing it for free they are simply protecting their boards by protecting the site as a whole. It is in their interest to keep the site free of illegal content so that their boards stay up. If they abuse their power, the board that they worked hard to create is stripped from them. This means that there's only one person that needs to be trusted: me. IfI could have found a way to remove myself from the trust model, I would have, but that is impossible given someone has to run the server.

The idea of this system is to minimize the trust needed in moderators to prevent "do it for free" moderators from accepting bribes (sexual or otherwise) to corrupt the site as has happened with 4chan.



Mod Heriarchy system.
  • 8chan allows anyone who wants to to become the moderator of their own board.
  • They are given free reign to institute whatever rules they wish on their boards as long as they do not affect the global rules.
  • Mod have free reign to institute any rules they wish as long as they don't collude with the global ones.
  • Mods of the largest boards are promoted to Global Mods. This is devised by an algorithm but only the promotion proceeds with the admin's express approval.xpress approval.
  • New Global mods. are sent a message congratulating them for their promotion and an explanation of their duties.
  • Those duties are to simply delete CP, excessive spam and other ilegal content that comes on the server and ban the posting users and their IP ranges.
  • Mods that abuse their powers to ban users for other reasons recieve a large penalty. This penalty consist of being stripped of their mod status and losing their boards.
  • A replacement mod will be selected from the userbase of that board which the admin seems suitable.
Thus, the only people who moderate 8chan.co are those who have a stake in the site itself because they own the boards. Thus, they are not really doing it for free – they are simply protecting their boards by protecting the site as a whole. It is in their interest to keep the sitefree of illegal content so taht their boards stay up. If they abuse their power, the boards that they worked hard to create is stripped from them

This means that there's only one person that needs to be trusted: me. If I could have found a way to remove myself from the trust model. I would have, but that is impossible given someone has to run the server


After the partnership with 2ch, The title of Moderator was changed to Volunteer.

About the Founder

Fredrick Brennan is a web developer and designer employed by the company Razor Clicks.[9] 8chan users affectionately nicknamed him "HotWheels" in reference to his use of a motorized scooter caused by his bone disorder osteogenesis imperfecta.[8]





Click here to view the KYM Q-A with Fredrick Brennan

On April 9th, 2014, Vimeo user J.R. Heffelfinger uploaded an interview with Brennan on Al Jazeera America in which he discusses his life in Brooklyn, New York (video was since deleted, shown below is a YouTube upload). On September 21st, Redditor VidiotGamer submitted the video to the /r/KotakuInAction[10] subreddit.



Controversies

April Fools Hack

On April 1st, 8chn.net was replaced with a message stating that the site was hacked, and that the servers are offline and the databases are deleted.

8chan was hacked On April 1, 2017, 8chan was hacked. We are investigating the problem and hope to have the servers back online soon. Pay attention here for updates. Note: The hacker deleted all the databases. We have backups of most posts and threads. As of now, I cannot find an indication that the hacker downloaded the databases, however it is highly recommended you change any password that might be shared with your 8chan mod.php account.

The website 8ch.net (link via Wayback Machine) only leads to that message at this time. Five updates on the matter have been posted on the same page. These updates indicate that the owner figured out exactly how the hacker got in, is improving security accordingly, and is currently trying to put online backed up data of boards which have been deleted back onto the website. The hack was confirmed as not a prank following April 2nd, as the server was still down.

THQ Nordic's AMA

On February 26th, 2019, the video game publisher THQ Nordic participated in an "ask me anything" (AMA) post on 8chan.[18]


BOARD RULES> [lagdg! I Vidya P--- I Hentai Games I Retro Vidya I Contac File (hide): 59992321841a752.png (23.72 KB, 1280x208, 80:13, 1280px-THQ Nordic logo 201 eng))) THQNORDICran Anonymous 02/25/19 (Mon) 17:01:57 ID: 24df30 No.16165791 2216169298 22161693303216169381 2316189503 231e 16169937 16169939 18169989 16170023 18170054 216170062 16170071 16170083 16170087 18170147 [Watch Th Ask Anything on /v/ with up and coming publisher THQNordic, Owners of IP like Darksiders, de Blob, Destroy All Humans!, Philipp (the PR & Marketing Director) and Reinhard (Business and Product Development Director) will take your questions tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb 26th at 06:30 p.m (CET)/ more. Anonymous 02/26/19 (Tue) 12:31:24 ID: 7a2450 No.16169241 *18169249 Are they ready? Anonymous 02/26/19 (Tue) 12:31:34 ID: 7171b9 No.16169242 2316199248 File (hide): 205b460b85211e8. jpg (343.63 KB, 1280x1808, 80:113, 004jRg) Where the big tiddie lolis at?

That day, THQ Nordic tweeted[16] a statement by marketing director Philipp Brock, claiming he did not perform the "proper due diligence to understand the history and the controversy of the site" (shown below):

"I personally agreed to this AMA without doing my proper due diligence to understand the history and the controversy of the site. I do not condone child pornography, white supremacy, or racism in any shape or form. I am terribly sorry for the short-sightedness of my (!) decision, and promise to be far more vigorous in my assessment of these activities in the future. This was not about being edgy, this blew up and I very much regret to have done it in the first place."

Also on February 26th, Redditor OfficialEFG submitted a post asking "What's the deal with THQ Nordic getting backlash with 8chan?" to /r/OutOfTheLoop.[17] The controversy was covered by The Daily Dot.[15]

2019 Search Warrant

On June 14th, 2019, Twitter user @swodinsky tweeted a picture of a search warrant for 8ch.net by the Southern District of California court (shown below).




According to The Daily Dot,[19] the warrant was issued based on 8chan's connection to the 2019 Poway synagogue shooting. That day, writer @RVAwonk posted a thread about the warrant, stating it would "sweeup up a lot of people" (shown below).




On June 16th, Twitter user @CryptoCope posted a link to an archived 8chan thread containing tweets referenced in the 8chan affidavit (shown below).




#UnTwitter8chan

Traffic

On September 20th, 2014, Brennan tweeted that 8chan had become "the second largest imageboard" and provided a list comparing "posts per hour" between the top boards on 4chan and 8chan.[11]


Following chan @infinitecharn 8chan.co is now the second largest imageboard, but I'm sure this will just blow over like @4chan thinks c99.nl/f/911322.html Reply t Retweet ★ Favorite More RETWEETS FAVORITES 5:41 PM- 20 Sep 2014

Google Removes 8chan From Search Results

Around August 12th, 2015, the domain 8chan was removed from Google's search results. This was after numerous reports to Google of 8chan hosting child pornography. Users of 8chan that did go on the site during this time were greeted by the following message on all boards.


et with obscure message.


On August 17th, 2015, Google did not list 8chan again on their search results, but instead updated their search results to show the site when googling "8ch.net" and "site:8ch.net". The google search "8chan" as of August 19th, 2015, will not list the site. Related searches for 8chan will still produce a warning about child abuse content.[14]

Search Interest

External References

[1] 8chan.co (via Wayback Machine) – Home

[3] NY Times – City Newcomer Is Let Down by a Stranger

[4] 8chan.co (via Wayback Machine) – FAQ

[5] 8chan.co (via Wayback Machine) – information on the United States obscenity laws

[6] Patreon (via Wayback Machine) – Fredrick Brennan is Creating Free Speech Friendly 4chan Alternative

[7] Domain Tools – 8chan.co

[8] WikipediaOsteogenesis imperfecta

[9] RazorClicks – RazorClicks

[10] Reddit – Meet Fredrick Hotwheels Brennan

[11] Twitter – 8chan

[12] Pastie (via Wayback Machine) – Patreon message to Brennan

[13] Gratipay (via Wayback Machine) – InfiniteChan

[14] arstechnica –
8chan-hosted content disappears from Google searches [Updated]

[15] The Daily Dot – THQ Nordics wild AMA

[16] Twitter – @THQNordic

[17] Reddit – /r/OutOfTheLoop

[18] 8ch (via Wayback Machine) – THQ Nordic AMA

[19] The Daily Dot – Alt-right message board 8chan was served a search warrant

[20] CNN – What we know about the shooting in El Paso, Texas

[21] Twitter – @BriannaWu's Tweet

[22] Twitter – @HW_BEAT_THAT's Tweet

[23] Cloudflare – Terminating Service for 8Chan

[24] Twitter – @HW_BEAT_THAT's Tweet

[25] The Daily Dot – "8chan is attempting to relaunch and rebrand--but it may already be doomed"https://www.dailydot.com/debug/8kun-8chan-rebrand/

[26] Twitter – @infinitechan's Tweet

[27] Twitter – @HW_BEAT_THAT's Tweet

[28] Vice – 8chan Is Back With a New Name -- and QAnon Is Already Posting

[29] KrebsonSecurity – Meet the World’s Biggest ‘Bulletproof’ Hoster

[30] Gizmodo – 8Chan Is Back and Calling Itself 8kun Now

[31] The Verge – 8chan returns to the internet as 8kun

[32] Twitter – @CodeMonkeyZ' Tweet

[33] Twitter – @3Days3Nights' Tweet

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