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/pol/ is the name of a political discussion board on 4chan. The board's intended purpose is for the "discussion of news, world events, political issues, and other related topics."[1]

History[edit]

/pol/ was created in October 2011 as a rebranding of 4chan's news board, /new/,[2][not in citation given] which was deleted that January because of a high volume of racist discussion.[3]

As of November 2017, /pol/ is currently the most frequented board on 4chan, making up for over 60% of daily posts on the website.

Political views[edit]

The media[edit]

Media sources have characterized /pol/ as predominantly racist and sexist, with many of its posts taking explicitly alt-right and neo-Nazi points of view.[4][5][6][7][8][not in citation given] The Southern Poverty Law Center regards /pol/'s rhetorical style as widely emulated by white supremacist websites such as The Daily Stormer; the Stormer's editor, Andrew Anglin, concurred.[5]

/pol/ has been grouped with other conservative sites such as /r/The_Donald and Infowars.[9] However, /pol/ can be hostile towards /r/The_Donald, Infowars, and other Alt-right sites. Many users on /pol/ mock users of /r/The_Donald as not as racist or sexist enough with the biggest mockery being the "based black man" in a Make America Great Again hat meme which targets the supposed lenient attitude towards minorities and women by users of /r/The_Donald, because of the growing size and influence of /pol/, many far-left groups have attempted to disrupt the board by posting irrelevant threads, this has given the board an image of paranoia by calling others "shills." /pol/ often accuses dissenting users as working for Shareblue, George Soros, the JIDF, Correct the Record, or Antifa.[10]

2016 United States Presidential Election[edit]

Many /pol/ users favored Donald Trump during his 2016 United States presidential campaign. Both Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr., appeared to acknowledge the support by tweeting /pol/-associated memes such as Pepe the Frog. Upon his successful election, a /pol/ moderator embedded a pro-Trump video at the top of all of the board's pages.[11][12][13][14]

Content[edit]

Much of the content on /pol/ relies heavily on memes to further spread ideas,[15] one of the most popular memes found on the board is that of Pepe the Frog, which has been deemed as a white supremacist symbol by some media outlets due to it being shown in uniforms, places, and people associated with Nazism, the Ku Klux Klan, and antisemitism.[16][17][18] Some have questioned the sincerity of users on /pol/ as possible trolls.[19][20]

Notable Events[edit]

/pol/ was where screenshots of Trayvon Martin's hacked social media accounts were initially posted.[21][22]

After the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, a Google search for a registered democrat showed a /pol/ thread falsely accusing him as the shooter.[23]

/pol/ was behind the trolling of Shia Labeouf's He Will Not Divide Us performance art protest against Donald Trump.[24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] (WebCite archive)
  2. ^ moot !Ep8pui8Vw2, October 23, 2011, Welcome back, robots, 4chan /r9k/. (WebCite archive)
  3. ^ January 19, 2011, Why were /r9k/ and /new/ removed? – Statement by him regarding the removal of /r9k/ and /new/. Archived from the original on August 21, 2011.
  4. ^ "Absolutely everything you need to know to understand 4chan, the Internet's own bogeyman". The Washington Post. September 25, 2014. Retrieved July 17, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Dylann Roof, 4chan, and the New Online Racism". The Daily Beast. June 29, 2015. Retrieved July 17, 2015. 
  6. ^ "#EndFathersDay is the work of 4chan, not feminists". The Daily Dot. Oct 8, 2014. Retrieved July 17, 2015. 
  7. ^ "4chan Trolls Take Over Electronic Billboard, Racism Ensues". Vocativ. December 7, 2014. Retrieved July 17, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Alt-Right". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 2017-10-30. 
  9. ^ https://www.vox.com/culture/2017/7/5/15922224/cnn-blackmail-doxxing-hanassholesolo-reddit-wrestling-gif
  10. ^ https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=12705851
  11. ^ Lee, Oliver (13 March 2016). "Understanding Trump's Troll Army". Motherboard. Vice Media. Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  12. ^ Ohlheiser, Abby (9 November 2016). "'We actually elected a meme as president': How 4chan celebrated Trump's victory". The Washington Post. Washington Post. Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  13. ^ Steinblatt, Jacob (13 October 2015). "Donald Trump Embraces His 4Chan Fans". Vocativ. Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  14. ^ Schreckinger, Ben (March–April 2017). "World War Meme". Politico. Politico. Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  15. ^ What the Harvard teens don’t get about memes
  16. ^ Pepe the Frog
  17. ^ How 'Pepe the Frog' went from harmless to hate symbol
  18. ^ Who is Pepe the Frog and why has he become a hate symbol?
  19. ^ First they came for Pepe: How “ironic” Nazism is taking over the internet
  20. ^ Hiding in plain sight: how the 'alt-right' is weaponizing irony to spread fascism
  21. ^ "White Supremacist Claims to Have Hacked Trayvon Martin's Email, Social Media Accounts". The New Yorker. March 29, 2012. Retrieved July 17, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Bloggers Cherry-Pick From Social Media to Cast Trayvon Martin as a Menace". The New York Times. March 29, 2012. Retrieved July 17, 2015. 
  23. ^ "How reports from 4chan on the Las Vegas shooting showed up on Google Top Stories". Techcrunch. October 2, 2017. Retrieved November 6, 2017. /
  24. ^ "A live stream of Shia LaBeouf chanting was disrupted by Nazi-themed dancing. Then things got weird". Washington Post. April 2, 2017. Retrieved November 10, 2017. /