OK, we have a full slate for you today. I’ve got a couple news items I want to hit, then we’ll also have another Jack Outis editorial this afternoon. The first thing i want to talk about today is 4chan. If you’ll recall, moot has been looking for someone to sell the site to all year long. He said as much in his farewell live stream back in the winter. Well, today, the deal with the new overlord was finalized. In a funny twist, the new owner is the same guy who inspired moot to start 4chan in the first place. His name is Hiroyuki Nishimura, the man behind 2channel, the Japanese image board behemoth. 

Apparently the deal has been in the works for a while, according to my friends who follow this sort of thing more closely than I do. But, it was finalized today, and the media is treating it as a new announcement. So, I will as well. From The New York Times:

4chan, an anonymous message board founded by Christopher Poole in 2003, has been home to a veritable smorgasbord of everything the web has to offer. With posts on the site lasting only a matter of days or even hours before they are deleted, the message board has been described as the collective id of the Internet, home to hardcore pornography, hardcore cooking tips and everything in between.

Now Mr. Poole is letting go of 4chan after more than a decade at its helm. Mr. Poole announced on Monday that he has sold 4chan to Hiroyuki Nishimura, a pioneer of Japanese web culture and founder of 2Channel, an early anonymous online message board…

“Hiroyuki is literally the only person in the world with as much if not more experience than myself in running an anonymous, large destination community that serves tens of millions of people,” Mr. Poole said in an interview. “He’s the great-grandfather of all of this.”

Bully Boy Biddle has weighed in over at Gawker. As you can imagine, he couldn’t resist taking some shots:

The deal (for an undisclosed sum) makes great sense, in so far as it’s sensible that anyone would want to actually own 4chan. Nishimura is the original founder of 2channel, a large anonymous Japanese online community, and 4chan’s inspiration. So this isn’t so much of an acquisition as it is a spiritual homecoming. It also means 4chan’s laissez-fair, let’s-all-cum-on-anime-figurines-and-phone-in-bomb-threats-to-high-schools ethos probably won’t change—in a 2008 profile in Wired, Nishimura appeared as committed as Moot to letting bad shit happen on his website:

Nishimura has lost about 50 lawsuits and owes millions of dollars in penalties, which he has no intention of paying. “If the verdict mandates deleting things, I’ll do it,” he says. “I just haven’t complied with demands to pay money. Would a cell phone carrier feel responsible when somebody receives a threatening phone call?”

Most 4chan users are happy with the new owner, and after reading statements like that, I would have to agree. In fact, this might actually be a marked improvement from moot’s term as admin of the site. We’ll see what happens, but this is much better than a scumbag like Nick Denton owning the place (he was a rumored suitor, at one point). It’s better than some big American company owning the place as well. So, I’m pretty optimistic about the purchase. Let me know what you think, and if you’re as upbeat on this as I am. I’m going to go post another couple news hits, then move on to the editorial.

UPDATE: OK, so everyone is not happy lol…

https://twitter.com/Sen_Armstrong/status/645968194948235264

https://twitter.com/mombot/status/645994693579304960

Since Feb 19 2014, however, a conflict between Hiroyuki Nishimura (the founder of 2channel and, until recently, its manager) and his business partner Jim Watkins (an ex-U.S Army commander) regarding its administration and ownership suddenly became clear.

Consequently, Mr Watkins secured the domain name, administrative rights and everything by exploiting his status as a 2channel administrator. He then expelled Nishimura from the site, and now maintains it himself.

Through this internal strife, the existence of a paid service to delete postings of 2channel was uncovered on April 2, by a sudden announcement from Hiroyuki’s business partner, Mr Uchiyama, Hotlink, Inc’s president. Mr. Uchiyama’s company, Hotlink, has been tied up with 2channel in an exclusive contract, and offered to monitor and delete negative threads and comments about its customers.

And it was detected that among its customers was listed Japan’s ruling government party, the LDP. This information was uncovered by anonymous 2channel users. In fact, this privileged access to delete opinions was not widely known by internet users, and caused considerable alarm.

(full article)

18 comments
  1. As a semi-regular user of the site, I’m glad to see that SJW sellout faggot sell it to someone who is apparently more competent.

  2. Thank god the motherfucker finally sold it. Now he can fade into obscurity where he belongs. He is one of Anitas strongest ass kissers and he is dating a belieber so…

  3. As soon as I saw the top image, I asked myself, “Who is that cuck?” I scroll a bit further down and I see the rest of the image: “I’m the cuck.”

    I’m laughing my ass off, but still don’t know who it is. I’m guessing the guy mentioned in the article, moot?

      1. It’s pretty sad (and yet, insanely hilarious) that the pic of him automatically makes you think, ‘That’s a cuck if I ever saw one.’

  4. How come biddle (and others) never mention the CP that gets posted on 4chan. They always blame 8chan(for good reason) but 4chan had its problem with CP for years

    1. Because they didn’t want to jeopardize moot’s attempt to sell 4chan. Their little cuckboy was hurting for cash after his last few tries to distance himself from 4chan crashed and burned.

      Now that it’s switched owners to someone not in the SJW clique, you can expect to start seeing Gawker and company to suddenly remember that 4chan was crawling with CP years before anyone heard of 8chan.

      1. Totally agree, it’s just annoying that Hotwheels gets blamed, for somebody else’s posts, when he tries his best to stay in the law and delete the posts

        1. Not sure that “annoying” is really the best word to describe deliberate attempts to sabotage a man’s business just to spite a distantly – and only barely – related third party.

          “Evil” would be my choice.

    2. The cellphone analogy really makes the best sense, I’m sure at&t won’t be held responsible if a terrorist used their phones. A person will report the posting of cp, and just like on Facebook or Twitter their post will be deleted and get banned from the site.

      1. I’m not blaming Hotwheels or 8chan, it’s the postees fault for posting that shit. But Gawkers shit memories are annoying.

      2. You’d be surprised at the amount of garbage that people try to wing through the courts. People have tried phones and guns in the past as a source of blame, instead of the individual.

  5. It would seem that unlike Based Hotwheels, Nishimura’s position on administration is not so much freedom of speech/expression as it is, “I don’t really give a fuck.. until I’m given sufficient incentive.”

    I think I’ll just stick to 8chan for now.

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