The Twitter account of imageboard website 4chan posted a tweet on Thursday which has turned the heads of many users on the website.
4chan’s Twitter account posted the following tweet on Thursday.
I have to say I'm sorry.
— 4chan (@4chan) September 22, 2016
Users on the websites /pol/ board have taken notice and rumors have spread across the site as to what the tweet means.
Rumors include a data breach, which is not out of the realm of possibility after Yahoo reported that over 500 million accounts have been breached, in one of the biggest breaches of private information in history. Yahoo — which has suffered a steady decline since 2010 — reported that the breach might have occurred in 2014, which means that newer emails and other information could have been spared.
Other rumors that have been persistent across the website include a government crackdown or the site having been sold to the creator of SomethingAwful.
For those who are not up to date, 4chan is an internet forum website that allows full anonymity for posters. There are several boards which people can post on, such as /b/, otherwise known as ‘random’, which cover a whole range of topics. 4chan is a very different community when compared to others for its use of memes and off the cuff humor.
What is 4chan?
4chan has been the source for many popular jokes on the internet, such as the rick-roll and lolcats, as well as being used by Anonymous. During the 2008 campaign, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin had her Yahoo account broken into and emails were released to the public. The hacker was the son of a Tennessee Democratic state representative. That same year, a hoax story linked to 4chan claimed that Steve Jobs had died of a heart attack. As a result, Apple Inc.’s stock price plummeted until investors realized that the story was false and that the late CEO was fine.
Just recently, a member of the website hacked several iCloud accounts and published nude photos of many celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton. The FBI has come up with several individuals they believe are responsible for the leak. The photos were first posted on 4chan.
The website has been recently linked to the dastardly alt-right goons. The alt-rights ‘efforts’ to troll the election have gone well, as they have triggered Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton into getting upset about a cartoon frog.
Whatever may happen to 4chan is currently unclear, but if a drastic change hits the website, expect many people to express their discontentment.
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