How a childhood of anger led the founder of 8chan to create one of the darkest corners of the internet
By Nicky Woolf
“In essence, Brennan had created one of the most dangerous sites on the internet – a place with a structure that made it a perfect petri-dish for violent misogyny and all kinds of hateful ideologies to germinate and spread – but he had done so entirely by accident.
When he sees news like the Christchurch shooting, Brennan says it makes him “worried for the future”. He tells me: “There’s this idea that if we have unbridled freedom of speech that the best ideas will fall out. But I don’t really think that’s true any more. I mean, I’ve looked at 8chan and I’ve been its admin, and what happens is the most rage-inducing memes are what wins out.”