4CHAN FOUNDER MOOT STEPS DOWN AFTER 11 YEARS AT HELM

4Chan Founder MOOT Steps Down After 11 Years At Helm
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4CHAN FOUNDER MOOT STEPS DOWN AFTER 11 YEARS AT HELM



Written by Jack Blocker
26 Monday 26th January 2015

In Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, Sebastian Flyte enlightens Charles Ryder to the pleasures of plover's eggs and champagne during their time as undergraduates at Oxford. I feel I experienced similar revelations as I sought my degree, except rather than attending formal lunches with crumbling aristos between lectures on Demosthenes, I was sitting on a couch in Norwich attempting to download a video of a celebrity midget having sex with an escort, at the behest of a catatonically stoned media student who would go on to become a primary school teacher.

And so that was it. There was a forum dedicated to the grot you'd find if you actually punched through the bottom of the barrell, and I knew about it. While I don't have the stomach to plumb its seedier depths, I know 4Chan collects the worst things the internet can dig up and does nothing to censor them. Because of this, Moot, the guy who found it as a teenager, has arguably harboured the most reprehensible nonces and degenerates in the world and given them a safe space to vomit their horrors online.

On the other hand, his anonymous forum birthed the Anonymous movement. We all know they've done a few worthy things in their time and maybe they wouldn't exist were it not for the anything-goes mentality of the site. This clearly wasn't enough good to temper the enormous amount of bad though, as Moot stepped down last week, citing a 'single point of failure'  that he doesn't specify

I don't know what he's referring to, but anyone who's scrolled through /b/ knows some part of it doesn't sit right with any decent human. I'm sure that starts to scratch at your conscience when you're at its helm*

And no, we never found Verne Troyer's sex tape. You sickos.

*and you're not a known sex offender or serial killer.

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