Since its creation in 2003, online forum 4chan has been a place where free speech and anonymity reign.
Jamie Milton looks at how a community that mostly discusses anime, video games and photography became a dark political force, adopted by the alt-right and the Trump family as a “Mark Zuckerberg of the online underground” – 4chan’s aim was to create a community where conversations could grow wildly in seconds.
Some censorship took place but, generally, what might be controversial in real life wouldn’t just get a free pass on 4chan – it would be actively encouraged. Early links with Japanese culture saw the forum’s predominantly male users adopting the descriptor “hikikomori”, which refers to young guys who spend so much time online they back out of real life.
It was a term they embraced: in 2008, as an anti-Scientology protest in Brooklyn organised by 4chan came to an end, protesters shouted, “Now back to our parents’ basements!
The site was born in 2003, a year before Facebook, as an image and message board in the style of a similar Japanese board called 2chan, or Futaba.
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