Google Hires 4Chan Founder Chris Poole

Google Android
Asif Islam / Shutterstock

Google has hired Chris Poole, the founder and former owner of the controversial Internet community 4chan. The hire was first announced by Poole himself, and later confirmed by Bradley Horowitz, who is heading Google’s social efforts.

“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,” Poole wrote in a blog post Monday.

Poole launched 4chan as an image sharing message board in 2003. For the first few years, he was only known under the pseudonym “moot,” until the Wall Street Journal revealed his identity in 2008. 4chan was initially meant to be a community for anime fans, but the site quickly evolved to encompass all kinds of geek culture, and became the birthplace for a number of popular memes.

The site has also been associated with the Internet activism of Anonymous, and was the launchpad for a number of hacks and distributed denial-of-service attacks. By allowing users to post anonymously without the need to first register for an account, 4chan has become to some a safe haven for free speech, while others have criticized the site’s users for bullying and mob behavior. It’s worth noting that 4chan repeatedly shut down message boards associated with racism and the so-called gamergate movement.

Google didn’t immediately respond to questions about Poole’s role at the company, but it’s likely that he will try to help the company with its struggling social strategy. Google launched Google+ as its answer to Facebook in late 2011, but has since scaled back ambitions to make Google+ a social layer for all of the company’s products and services. More recently, Google+ has focused on the creation of communities around topics of interest — something that Poole may be able to help with.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 21

Leave a Reply


Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  1. Seidmadr says:

    It is kind of disturbing how 4chan is harder on internet assholes than big sites like reddit and facebook.

    • Dan says:

      Reddit, the site that brigaded on a person they falsely accused of being the Boston Bomber? Anyway, there’s a lot of overlap these days as the 4chan users get older they spend time between both sites.

      • Keks says:

        It’s rather the other way around. If you start at 4chan and go to reddit to get blue pilled, your life must be shit tbh

  2. jessrond says:

    I’m glad Chris Poole went legit. These days since he left 4chan is a cesspool. I hope he can help Google modernize and be more than another annoying tech company.

  3. Dillon Ross says:

    Didn’t know they let verified cuckolds work at google, then again….

  4. Is he heading up the new Cuck division?

  5. mart says:

    “moot, we here at Google are trying to synthesize what you like to call ‘dank memes’ and we’d like your input.”

  6. Anonymiss says:

    Moot is a messiah and olev

  7. caesarmerlin says:

    moot is a traitor and a sellout

  8. Anon says:

    >It’s worth noting that 4chan repeatedly shut down message boards associated with racism and the so-called gamergate movement.

    This is totally incorrect. He never shut down any boards associated with either. What he DID do was disallow gamergate discussion because he felt as a movement it outgrew the site, like Anonymous or project Chanology; and because it was overtaking legitimate game discussion on /v/, and it involved posting the iinformation of others. It had nothing to do with him viewing the movesment as something negative, as this sentence implies, and he has never taken any steps against racism on any board, much less deleting one over it. /pol/ has always been rife with racism and still is, for instance.

  9. anon anon says:


  10. Adam J. says:

    Maybe they’ll get fire tires next.

More Digital News from Variety