8chan Holds a "Press Conference" With Hotwheels & New Owner Jim Watkins

8chan Holds a “Press Conference” With Hotwheels & New Owner Jim Watkins

If you read the site last week, you may have seen a story about the new owner of 4chan, Hiroyuki Nishimura (The Daily Beast has an interesting read on him as, by the way). There’s some controversy about the guy, due to the fact that he’s alleged to have sold user data during his time at 2channel. In case you haven’t heard that part of the story, here’s a blurb about it from a widely read pastebin:

Things to know:

* ‘Hiroyuki’ recently purchased 4chan from Moot.
* ‘Hottolink’ is a Japanese big data analytics and data mining company. They specialize in mining and selling the data behind social media, blogs, and bbs/forums. They currently only provide service to Japanese and Chinese companies, utilizing data from 2ch, twitter, weibo, blogs, etc. Services they provide are product performance analysis and marketing solutions based on social media data.
* ‘Niconico Douga’ is Japan’s equivalent of youtube. Hiroyuki is some kind of employed with their project. Hiroyuki’s company Brazil Future Search provides the search solution for Niconico douga.
* ‘2ch.sc’ is Hiroyuki’s pirate site of 2ch.net. Hiroyuki made 2ch.sc to fulfill his contracts to Hottolink which provides him with millions of USD per annum according to Hottolink’s published financial report[1].
* ‘Brazil Future Search’ is Hiroyuki’s search engine company specializing in real-time search solutions. They currently provide search for Niconico Douga and 2ch.sc and others.
* ‘Effyis’ is a company that runs boardreader.com. They were recently bought out by Hottolink as the first expansion into the US market.

The Hiroyuki response:Nxn6RW6

I don’t really have a dog in the fight between Jim Watkins, the guy who runs 2channel, and Hiroyuki, it’s old chief. I also don’t know if all this shit about data selling is true. I’m just putting it out there. But it does look like Hotwheels Brennan, the admin of 8chan, and Watkins (the new owner of that operation as well) are seizing on this talking point in their latest messaging. Here’s the “press conference” video they uploaded to YouTube yesterday. I would have brought it to you a lot earlier, but the site was fucking up all weekend. That’s now solved. Even though CloudFlare did me dirty back in 2014, I’ve went back to them. The server has also been re-sized (Thx, Buttermancer!). So, things are moving a lot faster now. I think that should be noticeable for all of you as well. So, let me know what you think about that, and chime in on this story about the chans. I’ll also throw in MisterMetokur’s videos on it as well, in case you guys missed those.

Ethan Ralph

Founder, Owner, & Editor-in-Chief of TheRalphRetort.com. Political fiend, gamer, & anti-bullshit.

  • Ross

    Its not that I don’t trust Hotwheels. Its that I do not think that he has any ability to police what Jim Watkins does. Huge difference.

    • What exactly is Hotwheels gonna do, stop Jim from tending to his farm in the province? (He has property in Luzon in the boondocks outside Manila.) Also, Freddit technically works for Jim now, so any 8chan shenanigans should fall on HW’s lap now.

      Everyone keeps bagging on Jim, but all I see is a expat retiree just having fun. And maybe that’s why there’s all the hate an accusations: they don’t want to see others enjoying themselves while they’re miserable.

      • Ross

        Jim Watkins is a complete unknown to me. So until I have something more that, I will distrust him. Thanks for your suggestion though

  • gixxerharry .

    MisterMetocur makes a good case,maybe listen to him ?

    • Mr Snow

      He also refers to gamergate as a shell of its former self, saying its run out of steam.

      So there’s that.

      • Elilla Shadowheart

        Jim’s still butthurt because people wouldn’t be his personal army.

  • webkilla

    I for believe Hotwheels and Jim – they don’t want to invest in the computing and storage power needed to log and index all their user data. Hiroyuki is IMO trying to make himself look less bad by whiping some of his shit off on others – but hey, only time will tell.

    • Jesus Zamora

      Pretty much. People seem to underestimate how much space (and therefore, money) is needed to store data. These guys aren’t exactly Facebook or the government.

  • Maintenance Renegade

    So now it looks like we’ve gone from just Hiroyuki and Jim Watkins pointing fingers at each other to some server host also having fingers pointed at it. Honestly that nobody seems to be able to prove the guilt of anyone else just makes it seem even shadier. Everyone involved is either lying or incompetent.

  • LePatriote1980

    I hate how Google censored 8chan because of SJW pressure. That’s a new low. Google removed 8chan results from their searches because of bogus accusations from SJW bullies.

    • Jesus Zamora

      To be fair, 8chan was also returned… I don’t remember hearing anything about 8chan bending to anything, so I wonder what happened…

  • None of this os necessarily good publicity for Hotwheels – not like this: http://chrissmith.org.uk/blog/this-hotwheels-race-is-everything-my-childhood-needed/