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Woah: 4chan now owned by 2channel's founder

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Moot agreed, don't bother him about it

Well, this is a surprise. The internet hive known as 4chan has just been sold to none other than Hiroyuki Nishimura, the founder of 2channel (aka 2ch), Japan's most influential message board and the direct inspiration for the creation of 4chan over twelve years ago.

Christopher "moot" Poole, 4chan's founder and former administrator, let the world know about the sale just yesterday via the site's blog. In the post, he referred to Nishimura as the "great-grandfather" of 4chan, as well as a pioneer in the creation and spread of "anonymous-centric web culture" in Japan and beyond. Having stepped down from the role of 4chan Administrator early this year, the sale of the site to Nishimura marks the effective end of Poole's direct involvement with his creation.

While it seemed likely that Poole would step further away from 4chan sooner or later, I have to say it's an unexpected step for Nishimura, who himself departed from 2channel years ago to take up a role in Niwango (parent company of NicoNico Douga), and then edit Variety magazine's Japanese edition. I wouldn't have figured him to make a formal return to "chan culture", much less a "foreign" chan culture to boot. Nishimura will be holding a Q&A session later today on 4chan's "/qa/" board.


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