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4chan is an English-language imageboard website. Launched on October 1, 2003, its boards are primarily used for the posting of pictures and discussion of manga and anime. Users generally post anonymously and the site has been linked to internet subcultures and activism, including the Anonymous meme and Project Chanology. The site has generated broad media attention. The Guardian describes 4chan as "at once brilliant, ridiculous and alarming" and its members have been responsible for the formation and popularization of Internet memes such as lolcats, rickrolling, and the popularity of the Tay Zonday song "Chocolate Rain". It has also received media attention for its attacks against other websites and Internet users, and for the threats of violence that have been posted on it. 4chan's "/b/" board is by far its most popular and notorious. It is known as the "random" board and there are minimal rules on posted content. Gawker.com once jested that "reading /b/ will melt your brain". (more...)

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