4chan deletes boards in attempt to clean up image
4chan founder Christopher “moot” Poole recently deleted two boards from his image board website 4chan. /r9k/ and /new/, which are the relationships and news boards respectively, were unceremoniously deleted on 1/18/11. The /new/ board, which is pejoratively referred to as /stormfront/ due to its often racist subject matter, was given warnings by moot to clean up and only post news-related content, but the board remained very strongly racism-oriented.
The reason for delete /r9k/ is less clear, but it is theorized he wanted to purge the board of such a thing to mainstream the site, and let more “normal” users in. Poole recently received $650,000 in startup money for his social image site, canv.as, which precious little is known about, and it is rumored that this has caused him to clamp down on questionable content on his website.
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