Google Hires 4Chan Founder To Take On Social

Chris Poole, founder of the controversial imageboard Web site 4chan, has been hired by Google, apparently to help the company with its social media development efforts. Poole revealed the news in a post on his blog earlier this week, Chris Hates Writing.

Poole (pictured above) created 4chan in 2003 at the age of 15. Modeled after popular imageboards in Japan dedicated to anime and manga, 4chan was instrumental in the launch of the Anonymous hacktivist group, and became notorious in 2014 as the first site on which nude iCloud photographs of celebrities were posted. The site has also been at the center of the Gamergate controversy, helped launch such memes as lolcats and engaged in the Project Chanology global protests against the Church of Scientology.

Poole, who goes by the username "moot," was not identified by his real name until a 2008 article in the Wall Street Journal. He left the site last year, around the same time he also folded Canvas, another online business he started. According to the latest rankings on Alexa, 4chan is currently the 910th most visited Web site globally, and stands in 498th place in the U.S.

'Next Chapter of My Career'

"Today I'm excited to announce that I've joined Google," Poole said Monday in his blog post. "I can't wait to contribute my own experience from a dozen years of building online communities, and to begin the next chapter of my career at such an incredible company."

We reached out to Poole to learn more about his new position at Google, but did not receive a response. However, Bradley Horowitz, who heads Google's photos and streams products, confirmed Poole's hiring in a Google Plus post. "I'm thrilled he's joining our team here at Google," Horowitz said. "Welcome Chris."

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