4chan imageboard website sold to Japanese web culture pioneer

Christopher Poole has sold the imageboard website 4chan to Japanese web pioneer Hiroyuki Nishimura, who is best known for founding the popular Japanese message board website 2channel.

Poole, who is known as "moot" to users of 4chan, made the announcement in a news post on early Monday, though he provided no details about the terms of the acquisition.

"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 said in the news post. "None of us would be using 4chan today - or potentially any anonymous image board - if it weren't for him."

Poole said he quickly became friends with Hiroyuki after meeting him in 2011, noting their shared passion for creating and managing online communities. "He 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. There is nobody more qualified than Hiroyuki to lead 4chan, and I can't think of a person better suited for the task," he said.

Poole told the New York Times that he does not expect to serve an active role in the future of 4chan, which grew to more than 20 million monthly visitors with no assistance from investors or full-time employees. Poole stepped down from daily maintenance of the website earlier this year.

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