In May, his team published two papers exploring how hate speech and fake news are spread around the Internet, focusing on the notorious but popular 4chan message boards.In a conference-proceedings paper, the researchers analysed 8 million posts on 4chan’s /pol/ (‘politically incorrect’) board, and traced how its users ‘raid’ other websites by posting inflammatory comments, they traced interactions between 4chan boards and other online communities, such as Twitter and Reddit, to examine how sites share links from known fake news sites, or from what the team calls 'alternative' news sources such as RT (formerly Russia Today). Nobody is really looking at these communities, but there is a lot of anecdotal evidence suggesting that they have an impact in the real world by spreading certain types of news.
Once they're on Reddit, they will then be exposed to inappropriate content.
So we wanted to understand whether this is true, and to what extent they actually influence the rest of the web. We selected /pol/, the politically incorrect board, which is where most alt-right users gather and discuss their world-views.
We started by trying to understand the dynamics of these populations and this service.
A 4chan-engendered prank aimed at male users of online dating sites such as OKCupid and Plenty Of brought out the best and the worst of the internet tonight, when the e-forces of good and evil clashed by a set of payphones at 46th and Broadway in Times Square. Ivan and Holly, a young couple from Maryland, had just been kicked out of their parents’ place.
The elaborate gag, planned more than a month ago and circulated on 4chan and other forums, was for mischevious netizens to create fake dating profiles for women and set up dates with single “forever alone” men online. Rather than stew in suburbia, they decided to head to Times Square.