2channel Founder Buys Internet Troublepot 4chan

By Gary Cutlack on at

Popular internet destination 4chan now has a new owner, with the creator of like minded predecessor 2channel acquiring the controversial humanity-shaming forum for an undisclosed sum.

Hiroyuko Nishimura is the new boss of 4chan, a man who has a proper job as the editor of the Japanese version of Variety magazine. Nishimura's previous internet fame claim was that of founder of 2channel, an equally dodgy anonymous online hotspot, one that was successful enough for him to sell it in 2009. Now he's back with a new online hate-pit.

Chris Poole, who founded 4chan in 2003, revealed its sale, and is apparently pleased to see it go to Nishimura, saying: "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. He’s the great-grandfather of all of this."

Poole, who calls himself Moot on his bit of the internet, is a bit of a superfan of the man, adding in a 4chan news post that: "None of us would be using 4chan today -- or potentially any anonymous image board -- if it weren't for him." What a gift indeed to humanity.

Nishimura himself released a short statement on the purchase, explaining: "I’ve long admired 4chan’s place on the web as a producer of anonymous and Internet culture, and look forward to continuing to grow and develop the site and support the community."

And with a supposed 22 million unique readers a day for 4chan, he's bought quite a chunk of internet to play with. [4chan via Guardian]