Who runs 4chan? Controversial website accused of influencing Buffalo shooter Payton Gendron

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Popular forum-based website 4chan has come under fire after a white supremacist teenager carried out a mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, with many accusing the controversial platform of influencing the shooter. exposing to extremist content.

Gunman Payton Gendron, 18, who killed at least 10 civilians on Saturday May 14, claimed in a 180-page manifesto that he was “radicalized” on the internet during the early days of the Covid pandemic, not by anyone he had met personally. The self-proclaimed white supremacist and anti-Semite said he discovered through his “research” the low white birth rate across the world, and that the “crisis” would “ultimately lead to the complete racial and cultural replacement of the European people”. ”

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Following the tragedy, social media was flooded with claims that Gendron was influenced by alt-right and extremist forums on the popular 4chan picture board.

“According to his manifesto, Payton Gendron claims his radicalization began in 2020 with the discovery of 4chan and materialized in videos of the New Zealand mosque shooter. 2 years. 2 years is all he took to mold the mind of a then 16-year-old,” one Twitter user wrote.

“The scary question is how many more are waiting to go?” another asked.

“Payton Gendron has been radicalized by Fox News and all the alt-right forums on Reddit and 4Chan. At just 18. People stand for ‘free speech’ even when it’s white supremacist ideology that gets people killed “, we read in a comment.



“So much toxic crap from /pol/ on 4chan. Some gaming communities got infected with it. They formed cult-like groups to harass people or dominate servers. It started years ago. It’s honestly horrifying that this has spread so far and wide, like terminal cancer,” one user offered.

“Some users of 4chan-like platforms claim that many of the graphics that appear in Payton Gendron’s “manifesto” were cut and pasted from 4chan and similar sites, as well as Brenton Tarrant’s “manifesto”. He explicitly cites Tarrant as his inspiration,” someone else said.

“I’ve visited 4chan and the /pol/ forum many times, and it’s all true. The hate is rampant. does when it doesn’t. . It’s one of the most dangerous places in the public domain of the internet,” one claimed.

“4chan is what Twitter will become if the purchase of @elonmusk goes through. Definitely in my mind because it’s almost here already,” added another.















Who runs 4chan?

4chan, an anonymous picture board website founded by Christopher Poole in October 2003, hosts boards dedicated to a wide variety of topics ranging from anime and manga to video games, weapons, television, literature, politics, sports, etc. In 2022, the website receives over 22 million unique visitors per month.

4chan’s Chris Poole speaks during the Digital Life Design conference at the HVB Forum on January 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany (Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

4chan is currently owned and operated by Hiroyuki Nishimura, a Japanese internet entrepreneur who founded the most viewed Japanese message board called 2channel. Nishimura is also a self-help author and television personality. He previously served as manager and advisor to Niwango, best known for his Nico Nico Douga service. Poole, the creator of 4chan, sold the website to Nishimura in September 2013.

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