4Chan founder Christopher Poole says his creation isn't just "the dark heart of the internet," but a place that fosters creativity. "4Chan is misunderstood," Poole, aka "Moot," said in a speech at SXSW, according to the Guardian. "People want to think everyone on 4Chan is a young rambunctious male. That's not accurate — it's a wide range of people using it." He described the site as "riffing on a massive scale," and said the anonymity the site notoriously grants its users is what makes creative collaboration possible.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is "totally wrong on anonymity being total cowardice," Poole said. "Anonymity is authenticity. It allows you to share in a completely unvarnished, raw way." Still, if he were starting the site today, he might have moderators be a tad more hands-on. "One of the mistakes I've made is believing ... that if you give the community the right structure they could police themselves," he admits.