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4chan's Overlord Christopher Poole Reveals Why He Walked Away | Rolling Stone
Poole's efforts to rein in some of the chaos earned him scorn not just from the /b/tards but also from the largest collective of wired rebels in the world, Anonymous, which had first coalesced on 4chan around 2006 as a kind of inside joke ("Anonymous" is the default handle on 4chan). For a while, the Anons were more like the Jackass posse of the Net, raiding sites and pulling pranks. But in 2008, after the group organized a widely reported protest of the Church of Scientology, Poole deleted its threads because they violated his rule against using 4chan to plan invasions or protests. Gregg Housh, an early and prominent Anon, recalls the group "yelling and screaming about the fact he shouldn't be censoring content on that site," he says. Today, Poole remains steadfast. When I ask him if there's free speech on 4chan, he doesn't flinch. "No," he says. "Not in the absolute sense. There never has been, ever."

Though Poole does find some 4chan posts "reprehensible" — like when a murderer posted photos of his victim on the site — he tends to speak of the site's extreme content with a clinical detachment. "If you, for example, are very offended by something like Goatse," he says, referring to a photo of a man stretching open his anus with both hands, "chances are you're not going to ever come back to 4chan."

Managing the site's content started to come with a price. Poole began getting death threats from angry 4channers. "I get a lot of e-mails of a threatening nature," he tells me. "It flares up if there is a decision that I have made that upsets people." Poole's response is to be private to the point of paranoia — he insists upon concealing his current location, countries he recently visited and even the name of the university he briefly attended.
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Details from the 4chan creator, trying to move on
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4chan's Overlord Christopher Poole Reveals Why He Walked Away
But Poole, to the victims' relief, banned all Gamergate discussion from his site. 4channers struck back, calling him a "soulless informant," saying he "doesn't give a shit" and that he "hasn't cared about 4chan for years now." Poole says the stress wore him down. "Week after week after week after week, there's this new controversy," he recalls. "I kept getting drawn back in."

Though he'd been thinking about leaving the site for at least a year, he'd finally had enough after enduring what he tells me was "probably the most stressful month of my life." Part of his motivation was a question that 4channers had been asking for years: "What happens to 4chan if you were to die?" Poole would deadpan that since his mom was his next of kin, "I guess you're going to be stuck with my mother as your new overlord."
gamergate  4chan  misogyny  sexism  racism  harassment 
5 weeks ago by campylobacter
4chan's Overlord Christopher Poole Reveals Why He Walked Away
At 11 a.m. on January 21st, Christopher Poole posted a note online saying he was retiring as the administrator of 4chan, the notorious website he had founded as…
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Activists Are Outing Hundreds of Twitter Users Believed To Be 4chan Trolls Posing as Feminists
17 Jan 2014 Over the weekend, the hashtag #EndFathersDay was revealed to have been orchestrated by 4chan users posing as female social justice activists on Twitter.
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