4chan sold to Hiroyuki Nishimura, founder of 2channel
It was confirmed today that the anonymous website message board site 4chan.com was sold today. The previous owner and co-founder of the site, Christopher Poole, made the official announcement of the sale earlier today.
“Today I’m pleased to announce that Hiroyuki Nishimura, best known as the founder of 2channel, has taken my place as the owner of 4chan,” Poole wrote in a post to the site’s users.
“Hiroyuki is a pioneer in the world of anonymous communities, and can be thought of as the great-grandfather of 4chan. His creation of 2channel in 1999 sparked an era of anonymous-centric web culture in Japan that led to the creation of Futaba Channel, the site that inspired 4chan,” Poole explained. “None of us would be using 4chan today—or potentially any anonymous image board—if it weren’t for him.”
According to the report Poole met Hiroyuki in 2011 where the two “became fast friends, bonding over our shared passion for creating and managing online communities.”
Poole stated that Nishimura, “is one of few individuals with a deep understanding of what it means to provide a digital home for tens of millions of people for more than a decade.” Poole then added, “There is nobody more qualified than Hiroyuki to lead 4chan, and I can’t think of a person better suited for the task.”
The site also had a few accomplishments to brag about during the announcement of the sale. According to Poole 4chan is about to achieve “two great milestones,” one being the site is about to reach a “2 billionth post” and the site will also soon celebrate its 12th birthday.
Poole concluded the announcement stating, “It has been a great privilege to serve as 4chan’s founder and steward for almost twelve years, and I can’t wait to see what lays in store under Hiroyuki’s experienced leadership.” No monetary figures were released at this time concerning the deal.