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The man whose site inspired 4chan is now running 4chan

Eight months after founder Christopher "Moot" Poole announced his resignation, 4chan has a new owner. In a news post, Poole writes that he has handed the site over to Hiroyuki Nishimura, creator of Japanese message board 2channel. The New York Times, which spoke to Poole, says that he sold 4chan for an undisclosed sum, and he doesn't expect to stay involved in the site's operation. It's been run primarily by administrators that Poole appointed when he stepped down in January.

Founded in 1999, 2channel became a forum for anonymous and chaotic online conversations. At age 15, Poole translated its format into 4chan, which launched in 2003. "None of us would be using 4chan today or potentially any anonymous image board if it weren't for...

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