Hackers Take Control of Cardiff Screen, Use it to Display Offensive Things

Everything can be hacked if you try hard enough, even those electronic displays you see dotted around the world. Sometimes people use it to publicly display porn, others anime, or even a very polite message warning of poor security. One of those displays got hacked in Cardiff last night, and those guys used it to display various offensive messages and imagery. Read More >>

Pizzagate Shooter Pleads Guilty as Online Conspiracy Theory Winds Down

Last December, Edgar Maddison Welch—a 28-year-old who claims he had only recently installed an internet connection in his North Carolina home—crossed state lines with several firearms. After arriving at a Washington DC pizzeria to “self-investigate” a conspiracy theory that the restaurant was involved in a child sex trafficking ring, he fired a rifle inside and was soon apprehended by police. Read More >>

Coded 4chan Post Hinted at Westminster Attack a Day in Advance

Details are still emerging about an attack carried out today outside the Houses of Parliament. As officials try to determine the identity of a suspect who was shot by police, a 4chan thread from less than 24 hours earlier appears to announce the location of the attack that has claimed three lives so far. Read More >>

YouTube Stars’ Defence of PewDiePie Is Bullshit

It’s been a rough week for YouTube’s biggest star. Felix Kjellberg — better known to his 53 million subscribers as PewDiePie — was dropped by Disney earlier this week after a Wall Street Journal inquiry regarding Kjellberg’s use of racial humour and Nazi imagery; yesterday YouTube itself cut his channel out of “Google Preferred” advertising. Big names on the platform are rushing to Kjellberg’s defence today. Read More >>

YouTube ‘Bug’ Has Been Screwing Users Subscriber Counts

The trolls over on 4Chan’s politics board noticed a curious YouTube glitch this week that allowed them to drive down subscriber numbers on any channel their tiny hearts desired. Today, the Team YouTube Twitter account announced that uh, yeah, there’s a bad bug rapidly dropping subscriber counts. Read More >>

How a Video Game Chat Client Became the Web’s New Cesspool of Abuse

Over 25 million users have flocked to Discord, a text and voice platform for gamers, since its launch in May of 2015. Despite the company raising at least 30 million in venture capital funding, the company has only five “customer experience” personnel and no moderators on its staff. From what I’ve seen, users who wish to engage in harassment, raid servers, or bombard chats and users with child pornography suffer no lasting repercussions for doing so. That seemingly any server can become the victim of organised attacks represents the strained and failing infrastructure of moderation—of Discord, and of virtually any community on the internet. Read More >>

The FBI’s Colossal Failure Investigating GamerGate

A member of Reddit GamerGate hub KotakuinAction filed a Freedom of Information Act request for documents pertaining to the FBI’s investigation of the online movement which they received last month. Now those documents have been made public, and amid its 173 heavily-redacted pages is one email chain encapsulating how a year of the Bureau’s efforts resulted in exactly zero prosecutions. Read More >>

Here’s What It Takes to Get Banned From the Freest Free Speech Site

Last year represented a breaking point of sorts for major online platforms. The swelling tide of abuse, hate-speech, and politicised misinformation finally grew too big to be ignored. But the ensuing crackdown—as painfully slow and largely ineffective as it was—has led to a concurrent rise in largely-unknown sites and services clamouring to be the Most Free for free speech absolutists. Read More >>

4chan Declares ‘War’ on ISIS

With the US election cycle over, the anonymous user of 4chan’s /pol/ (politically incorrect) board are antsy for something new to occupy their time. Last night that new target was confirmed as ISIS. Read More >>

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Trump’s Troll Army Is Having a Hard Time Voting

Today America will decide whether it wants to preserve the semblance of a democracy America lives in or burn the whole thing to the ground. And Trump’s loudest supporters have been making some rookie mistakes. Read More >>

4chan’s Trying to Get Julian Assange Back Online

Earlier this week the Ecuadorian Embassy in London confirmed that it had cut off Julian Assange's internet access, because they didn't want him interfering with the ongoing US presidential election. Now 4chan has concocted a plan to get him back online. Read More >>

4Chan is Going Broke Because of Ad Blockers

4Chan, the imageboard whose name has since become synonymous with internet villainy, celebrated its 13th year online last Saturday. A day later, the site’s owner, Hiroyuki Nishimura, posted a thread titled, “Winter is coming”. The message was simple: they’re broke. Read More >>

4Chan Creator Says He Works at Google Now and We Can’t Figure Out If He’s Trolling

Is Christopher Poole, the creator of 4Chan who’s also known as “moot,” going to work for Google? If we’re to believe the latest blog post (and tweet) from the notorious community leader, that’s exactly what’s happening. Read More >>

Whatever You Do, Don’t Set Your iPhone To 1970

The tech world loves their Easter eggs, from Adventure’s original hidden feature to Tesla’s various car tricks. But don’t fall for the recent claims for one hidden in your iPhone: if you attempt it, you’ll brick your device. Read More >>

2channel Founder Buys Internet Troublepot 4chan

Popular internet destination 4chan now has a new owner, with the creator of like minded predecessor 2channel acquiring the controversial humanity-shaming forum for an undisclosed sum. Read More >>