8chan - Definition from the Hotspot Shield Encyclopedia

8chan is a forum or image board that is composed of many different smaller, user-moderated boards. The site has been involved in numerous controversies surrounding online gaming, sexism and politics.

It has a high amount of daily users and a large active user base and sub-cultural following. The site was initially developed by Fredrick Brennan as a platform for people to exercise their freedom of speech and to combat the perceived increasing amount of surveillance and censorship on the internet. The site has been criticized highly for its anything goes mantra and the contents of 8chan vary wildly and contain some explicit and immoral material. As of October 2016, the site has an Alexia ranking of less than 11,000 and it was originally launched in 2013.