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Fake Taylor Swift Images Traced to 4Chan Challenge

Research firm finds online group made evading safeguards a game

(Newser) - A research firm has traced sexually explicit fake images of Taylor Swift that began circulating online last month to an already-infamous message board. Graphika found that a game-like challenge on 4Chan probably led to users trying to create lewd images of famous women, the New York Times reports. They were...

Tenn. University Finds 'It's OK to Be White' Signs

Signs cover memorial for first African-American students at East Tennessee State University

(Newser) - East Tennessee State University is the latest college campus hit by a white supremacist campaign started by an internet group. "I am disgusted by this act," Brian Noland, university president, says in a statement cited by NBC News . That act: signs proclaiming "It's OK to be...

News of Epstein's Death Appeared on 4Chan First
38 Minutes Before Epstein
Story Broke, It Was on 4Chan
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38 Minutes Before Epstein Story Broke, It Was on 4Chan

'dont ask me how I know, but Epstein died an hour ago'

(Newser) - ABC News reporter Aaron Katersky was the first to tweet about Jeffrey Epstein's death, at 8:54am on Saturday. But it turns out he didn't break the news. BuzzFeed reports that at 8:16am, a post was made on 4chan that read "dont ask me how I...

Letter From Alleged Mosque Gunman Appears on 4Chan

'This cannot happen again,' prison minister says

(Newser) - New Zealand officials admitted Wednesday that they made a mistake by allowing the man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques to send a hand-written letter from his prison cell. The six-page letter from Brenton Tarrant was posted this week on the website 4chan, which has become notorious...

Solution to Math Problem Begins in Unexpected Place

Anonymous 4chan user was answering question about binge-watching anime show

(Newser) - It might be the strangest journey to the solution of a math conundrum ever. It turns out that an anonymous post on the online forum 4chan about how to watch a Japanese anime series may have helped crack a 25-year-old math problem, reports the Verge . Not surprisingly, this one takes...

Trump Backers Online Have New Term to Mock Liberals
Trump Backers Online Have
New Term to Mock Liberals
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Trump Backers Online Have New Term to Mock Liberals

'NPC' is a gaming term, but it's being used by Trump supporters on Reddit, 4Chan

(Newser) - Twitter has been making a series of moves to improve its platform, and one in particular has drawn attention by raising the profile of a pro-Trump meme used to troll liberals. If you've been seeing lots of references to "NPC," this would be why. Kevin Roose of...

Coast Guard Guy 'Removed' for This Hand Gesture

Many on Twitter took it as a 'white power' sign

(Newser) - A Coast Guard member has been removed from the response to Tropical Storm Florence for flashing what some took as a white-power sign, the Washington Post reports. During a live MSNBC Coast Guard briefing, the man—sporting a crew cut at a desk in the background—looks at the camera...

FBI Traces Racist Threat to Panera Bread WiFi for Arrest

John Edgar Rust allegedly threatened to kill black students at Howard University

(Newser) - The FBI has arrested a white man in his mid-20s who allegedly threatened to kill black students at Howard University two years ago, and the investigation involved a nifty bit of internet sleuthing. Agents first traced the threat posted on Reddit and 4chan to the wireless internet at a Panera...

4Chan Is in Big Financial Trouble
4Chan Is in Big
Financial Trouble

4Chan Is in Big Financial Trouble

The 'Internet Hate Machine' is having trouble keeping the lights on

(Newser) - One year after 4Chan founder Christopher "moot" Poole sold the website he had run since he was a teen , the new management is realizing it may not be so easy to run one of the Internet's most infamous communities. New owner Hiroyuki Nishimura posted a note on 4chan...

FBI Warns of Threat to Philly Universities

There may be a link to the Oregon shooting

(Newser) - Monday could be a jittery day at universities in the Philadelphia area. The University of Philadelphia, Drexel University, and Temple University have warned students and faculty of a threat of violence at 2pm Eastern at an "unspecified university near Philadelphia," USA Today reports. The universities say they were...

4Chan User May Have Chopped Off Toe for Site

Anonymous poster apparently decided to honor request

(Newser) - One of the day's strangest, and most gruesome, tales comes courtesy of Mike Pearl at Vice , who recounts how a 4chan user apparently cut off a significant part of one of his toes at the request of another user. Posts at 4chan, often on the dark side, don't...

Images Posted Online After Murder
Images Posted Online After Murder

Images Posted Online After Murder

Police think killer was on 4chan after slaying

(Newser) - Police in Washington state are investigating the murder of a woman with a cruel twist—her killer is believed to have posted photos of her body on the online forum 4chan, reports NBC News . Police say the body of 30-year-old Amber Lynn Coplin was found yesterday in her Port Orchard...

Surprise! You Cannot Charge iPhone in Microwave

And if you tried, 4Chan is having a little chuckle at your expense

(Newser) - We're going to say what should be unnecessary: You cannot charge your iPhone in the microwave. Or, as victims of the latest scam from the darlings at 4Chan have found, you can try, but the results won't be much better than sticking it in your pocket and sitting...

EmmaYouAreNext.com: What It Was Really About

Emma Watson nude photo 'threats' actually a hoax

(Newser) - If you heard that Emma Watson might be the next celebrity to have nude photos leaked to the public, well, you heard wrong. EmmaYouAreNext.com , the website threatening to release naked pictures to retaliate against Watson for her recent pro-feminism speech , is actually run by Rantic Marketing—and it was...

School for Deaf Wins Taylor Swift Concert, Disqualified

But it gets a bunch of other prizes instead

(Newser) - Thanks to an Internet prank dreamed up by 4chan and Reddit , Massachusetts' Horace Mann School for the Deaf actually did win the contest for a Taylor Swift concert on campus. The bad news: The school was disqualified because of the way it received all the votes. The good news: Since...

4chan Sending Taylor Swift to Sing ... at School for Deaf

Apparently Internet mischief-makers are not huge fans

(Newser) - The Internet pranksters at 4chan and Reddit really want to see Taylor Swift perform on a particular school campus—but no, this is not a ringing endorsement of the pop star. Users are attempting to sabotage an online vote, the " Taylor Swift On Campus " contest, in order to...

4Chan Busts Burger King Worker Standing in Lettuce

He posts gross photo, and the Internet quickly gets even

(Newser) - Chalk one up for 4Chan: A Burger King employee posted a photo of himself on the forum standing in trays of lettuce with the caption, "This is the lettuce you eat at Burger King." Yeah, 4Chan users didn't think it was all that funny, either. Within 15...

White Supremacist Boasts He Hacked Trayvon's Email

He posts Facebook messages on 4chan

(Newser) - How low can you go? A white supremacist claims to have hacked into Trayvon Martin's email and social networking accounts, reports Gawker , which has verified that at least one of the slain teenager's email accounts was indeed broken into. The racist, who calls himself Klankannon, posted what he...

4Chan's Moot: We're Not All 'Young Rambunctious Males'

'Moot' also says Zuckerberg 'totally wrong' about anonymity

(Newser) - 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...

Hackers Take Down 4Chan Activists
Hackers Take Down
4Chan Activists

Hackers Take Down 4Chan Activists

Notorious message board has tables turned in Internet attack

(Newser) - Notorious message board 4Chan, a popular hangout for some high-profile hacker groups—including Anonymous, the group that launched attacks worldwide in support of WikiLeaks—was taken offline this week by an overwhelming Internet attack. While no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, some are speculating it could be in...

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