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4chan is going /b/roke

The owner of 4chan – the infamous image-based bulletin board – has warned that the website is in financial trouble and will have to change its operations. "We had tried to keep 4chan as is. But I failed. I am sincerely sorry," Hiroyuki Nishimura told his flock on Sunday. "Some notice there are no more middle ads and bottom ads …
Iain Thomson, 4 Oct 2016

Cesspool 4chan sold … to former owner of Japanese cesspool 2ch

The owner of notorious message board 4chan has sold the forum to the former owner of its Japanese "inspiration," 2channel. After more than a decade running the "free speech" site, Christopher Poole announced on Monday that he had sold the cyber-cesspool, which boasts 20 million monthly visitors, to Hiroyuki Nishimura. He did …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Sep 2015

Junior defence staffer on trial for 'posting secret dossier to 4chan'

An Australian Department of Defence worker faces trial for allegedly posting a classified file on oddball message board 4chan. Michael Scerba, 24, is charged with “unauthorised access to or modification of restricted data," and "disclosure of information by a Commonwealth officer.” On Thursday, Fairfax Media reported that …
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Reddit scrubs up: Child abuse? Gone. Drugs? Cool. RACISM? FINE

Freeloading commentblurt site Reddit is to implement a limited scrub-off of some of its more noxious communities - but others will stay. Reddit CEO Steve Huffman said the message-board website he cofounded will crack down on harassment, threats, and posts that break the law. Under the new regime, spam, child-abuse imagery, …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jul 2015
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Reddit: Gonna SCRUB these TROLLS right outa my hair

Vast forum site Reddit has added new policies that it hopes will help rein in harassment of its users by its other, not-so-nice, users. The meme-trading portal said it would crack down on online harassment of individuals with the goal of ending it, for the good of the site. "The number one reason Redditors do not recommend …
Shaun Nichols, 15 May 2015

4Chan man Moot logs off as admin for last time

The founder of web cesspit 4chan has bailed from the site he created. Chris “Moot” Poole says he's “decided it's time for me to move on”. Moot founded the site aged 15 and has been its administrator ever since. With more than eleven years heading the site, and the small matter of 42,176,061,890 page views under his belt, …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jan 2015
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Murder suspect charged after pics of strangle victim posted on 4chan

A man suspected of killing his girlfriend – and believed to have posted pictures of the victim on the 4chan chat board – has turned himself in to the police. Amber Coplin was murdered. Her 13 yo son found her, called his dad and 911. He's with other relatives now. — Alison Grande (@AlisonKIRO7) …
Iain Thomson, 6 Nov 2014
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Slap for SnapChat web app in SNAP mishap: '200,000' snaps sapped

Tens of thousands of stolen private SnapChat photos and vids are being plastered across the internet for perverts to download and ogle, it's claimed. SnapChat says it isn't to blame. When word spread on 4chan's notorious /b/ board that someone had allegedly swiped as many as 200,000 SnapChat files from strangers, it was feared …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Oct 2014
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Emma Watson should 'shut up, all this abuse is her OWN FAULT'

CoTW What should you do when a mature and sensible website like The Register (stop that sniggering at the back) offers you an anonymous commenting option? Why, abuse it flagrantly to blame the victim, of course! First, though, before the tidal wave of infuriated outrage clicking the headline reaches the commentard in question and …
Gareth Corfield, 28 Sep 2014
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'Google is NOT the gatekeeper to the web, as some claim'

QuoTW This was the week when the depths of the internet proved even darker and more twisty than usual when Emma Watson, actor and UN ambassador, gave a speech at the United Nations about feminism. The well-received oration pointed out that men also suffered from the restraints of gendered societal pressures and that feminism was …
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4chan outraged by Emma Watson nudie photo leak SCAM

The Emma Watson nude photo leak scandal has been exposed as a spoof - by a gang of spoofers. A mysterious "marketing firm" calling itself Rantic has been fingered as the architect of a fake threat to leak nude images of the Harry Potter starlet. The internet was set alight this week by rumours that 4chan nutjobs were planning …
Jasper Hamill, 24 Sep 2014
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Emma Watson urges UN to back feminism – trolls threaten to leak her 'nude selfies'

At the weekend, actress Emma Watson gave a well-argued and reasoned speech to the UN calling for better relations between the sexes. And lo, internet trolls appear to have set up a website threatening to release nude photographs of the Harry Potter star. The site,, features a 4chan logo, a badly …
Iain Thomson, 23 Sep 2014
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'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*

A new round of what appear to be private, naked photos of female celebrities including US television reality star Kim Kardashian have apparently been leaked online. The latest stash of pics, which seemed to include two naked selfies taken by Kardashian with a Blackberry handset, were easily accessible on Twitter late on …
Team Register, 21 Sep 2014

Reddit wipes clean leaked celeb nudie pics, tells users to zip it

Reddit has finally yanked a page abuzz with private celebrity nude pics that were leaked via anarchic message board 4chan late last Sunday. The subreddit, dubbed TheFappening, disappeared on Saturday - six whole days after the photos of stars including Jennifer Lawrence provocatively posing naked appeared online. But, privacy …
Kelly Fiveash, 7 Sep 2014

CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

Vid "If your password is password, change the 's' to a dollar sign." That's the advice from US news network CNN's "technology analyst" Brett Larson, who also thinks that 4chan is some sysadmin bloke who knew how to "hack things" so he could leak saucy, private photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other female celebrities. The confusion …
Kelly Fiveash, 3 Sep 2014

Are you a HOT CELEB? Think your SEXY PICS are safe? Maybe NOT

Rather than a single iCloud hack, this week's furore over celebrity nude pics looks more like the work of one or many "secret circles" of hackers whose members mingle on anarchic messageboard 4Chan to share their digital loot from computers and phones they've cracked over a period of years. The photos were, according to one …
Darren Pauli, 3 Sep 2014

Twitter: La la la, we haven't heard of NUDE JLaw, Upton SELFIES

Twitter's top policy bod has refused to dismiss claims that people who tweet the leaked private photos of naked female celebrities are having their accounts suspended on the social meeja site. The company's Nu Wexler told The Register: We do not comment on individual accounts, for privacy and security reasons. Our rules …
Kelly Fiveash, 1 Sep 2014
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iCloud fiasco: 100 FAMOUS WOMEN exposed NUDE online

Naked photos of celebrities including Sports Illustrated model Kate Upton, Jennifer Lawrence and Ariana Grande have been published online by an anonymous hacker who reportedly obtained the explicit pics from the victims' Apple iCloud accounts. Nude photos of 17 celebrities have been published online. The anonymous hacker …
Darren Pauli, 31 Aug 2014

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