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A rash of postings that may be related to mass shootings has put a spotlight on loosely moderated forums known as chan boards or image boards. While many people who visit these sites simply share memes or discuss video games, the sites have also become a gathering place for white supremacists and right-wing nationalists who take advantage chan imageboards the freewheeling and anonymous nature of the boards.

The anything-goes attitude has led chan boards to become swamps of hateful commentary. One board in particular, 8chan, became a magnet for these posts. After suspected shooters in at least three mass shootings in posted screeds on 8chan -- including before the El Paso, Texas, massacre in early August -- 8chan was forced offline when internet security company Cloudflare and other providers decided to stop working with the site. House Committee on Homeland Security in September and said he'd keep the site offline voluntarily until tools were developed to counter illegal content. On Oct.

The new site officially went live Nov. Watkins ed a video on the same day saying the site was experiencing heavy traffic. Until that surprising trumpet sounds, it is likely that this movement will become unstoppable. On Nov. It returned under the domain 8kun. The focus on 8chan, which allows people to post anything as long as it is legal in the US, according chan imageboards its FAQis understandable.

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The man accused of killing 22 people at the Walmart in El Paso has been linked to an anti-immigrant screed posted to 8chan. Posts tied to the New Zealand mosque shooting in March and the San Diego-area synagogue shooting in April were also made on 8chan. The site isn't alone, though. Hundreds of these boards exist, and they're relatively easy to build for those familiar with creating websites.

A user of 4chan, one of the oldest chan chan imageboards, posted details of Jeffrey Epstein's jail suicide in August a little more than a half-hour before the news appeared on any mainstream sites.

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A Norwegian man accused of attempting to shoot a mosque near Oslo in August posted a link to livestream of his act to Endchananother board. Administrators of the site say the post was removed immediately. It's hard to know exactly. But if 4chan is our guide, a typical chan imageboards is the sort you'd probably expect: young and male.

It lists to year olds as its demographic. Many express an interest in anime, video games and technology. Those s don't capture the entire population of chan board users. A lot of people use chan boards, which let you post anonymously, to discuss issues related to being LGBT or to share amateur artwork. Some are into dressing up as anime, video game or comic book characters and posting photos of their outfits.

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And, of course, there are the loud, hateful trolls. Let's get one thing straight: lots of chan boards are nothing more than places for people with intense interests in a subject to swap thoughts. If you've got a passion that's an inch wide and a mile deep, you might find a community chan imageboards kindred spirits on a chan board. But because chan boards are loosely moderated and provide anonymity, they've also become a breeding ground for hateful ideas and bullying behavior.

And they've spawned some illegal activity. Anonymousthe hacker collective, started out on 4chan and takes its name from the anonymity the site offers users. The group's first major hacking operation, Project Chanology, started in and took on the Church of Scientology.

Sarah Palin's to 4chan. Chan boards don't require users to create s, which chan imageboards a big draw. Each user can create a ed thread or reply to one. No names are needed. Like other websites, however, users leave digital breadcrumbs, such as IP addresses, that are recorded. Some chan boards, like 4chan, store this information so it can be retrieved later. The site has worked with the FBI on multiple occasions, providing needed information in some criminal cases.

In a statement to the House Committee on Homeland Security published Wednesday, he said the site has complied with 56 law enforcement requests in alone. Chan boards started in by a Japanese student living in Arkansas. Its surged in popularity in Japan partly due to its anonymous posting that allowed people to vent their frustrations without the worry of humiliation.

On Aug. The new board, also known as Futaba Channel, was an image board unlike its predecessor and began thriving on its own. One fan of the new board was a year-old Christopher "Moot" Poole who was inspired to create his own chan imageboards call 4chan in his New York City Home. As 4chan grew in popularity, some people began conducting illegal activities such as swapping stolen personal information and posting child pornography.

This attracted the attention of law enforcement. Poole cracked down indriving many users away. Poole sold 4chan to Nishimura in and has since begun working at Google. One of those former 4chan users, Fredrick "Hotwheels" Brennansaid he envisioned an alternative during a psychedelic mushroom trip in He called his site Infinitechan, which later came to be known as 8chan because the figure 8 is the symbol for infinity flipped. The board got little attention untilwhen 4chan started cracking down on posts about GamerGatea controversy over video game culture's treatment of women that became an online proxy for the culture wars.

Brennan sniffed an opportunity and banged the drum for users to head to 8chan. They did.

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The surge in traffic caught the attention of Watkins, who had acquired 2chan from Nishimura in Watkins and Brennan worked together on 8chan from the Philippines untilwhen Brennan disassociated himself from the site. He's since called for the site to be shut down. In a statement to the committee published Wednesday, Watkins said he has "no intention of deleting constitutionally protected hate speech.

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Bennie G. Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi and chairman of the committee, and Rep. Mike Rogers, a Republican from Alabama and ranking member of the committee, released a statement Thursday following Chan imageboards deposition. Watkins for his cooperation today," the Congressmen said in a press release. We look forward to his continued cooperation with the Committee as he indicated his desire to do so during today's deposition.

It receives more than 27 million unique visitors per month, and it's ranked in the world's top 1, websites, according to analytics site Alexa. And there are many other derivative chan boards, such as Endchan, 7chan and Dreamchan. None match 4chan's popularity, but some have active, if small, communities. Visiting a chan site is usually harmless. Still, it's best to proceed with caution.

Some users disguise links in their posts that might take you to a site that infects your computer. There's also a possibility of coming across disturbing content. So exercise common sense when browsing through posts. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. We delete comments that violate our policywhich we encourage you to read. Discussion thre can be closed at any time at our discretion. Oscar Gonzalez.

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Getty Images One of those former 4chan users, Fredrick "Hotwheels" Brennansaid he envisioned an alternative during a psychedelic mushroom trip in Fredrick Brennan created 8chan but now regrets it. Are they safe? Originally published Sept.

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