Verizon Blocked 4chan
4chan, the hugely popular website, has been blocked by Verizon.
From a post on the 4chan blog: “Over the past 72 hours, we’ve been receiving reports from Verizon Wireless customers having difficulty accessing the image boards.”
The latest update from 4chan confirms it: “After an hour and a half on the phone, we’ve received confirmation from Verizon’s Network Repair Bureau (NRB) that we are “explicitly blocked.”
According to a report on ReadWriteWeb, a Verizon NRB rep said their center has been deluged with phone calls but was unable to relate the specific reason the site has been blocked.
If you are not familiar with it, 4chan is an imageboard website. 4chan was launched in 2003, and its boards are mainly used for the posting of pictures and discussion of manga and anime. Users usually post anonymously, and the site led some of the hottest internet trends, like Rickrolling and Chocolate Rain.
The Guardian once called the 4chan community “lunatic, juvenile… brilliant, ridiculous and alarming.” – but the fact remains: 4chan has a huge influence on internet culture, and despite Verizon’s block, it’s not going to disappear soon.