Imageboard Website 4chan Begins Accepting Crypto Payments For Passes

Announcements, News | October 3, 2018 By:

4chan, an imageboard website, is now accepting four different cryptocurrencies for its website pass.

Launched in October 2003, 4chan is a series of wholly anonymous, anything-goes forums. Its first boards were originally primarily used for posting pictures and discussing manga and anime. The site quickly became popular, expanded, and now features boards dedicated to a wide variety of topics, from anime/manga to videogames, music, literature, fitness, politics, and sports.

4chan users have been responsible for the formation or popularization of Internet memes such as lolcats, Rickrolling, Chocolate Rain, Pedobear, and many others. 4chan has also been linked to Internet subcultures and activism groups, most notably Anonymous, the alt-right and Project Chanology.

The site is now using crypto exchange Coinbase to accept four cryptocurrencies – BCH, BTC, ETH, and LTC – for its $20 annual pass. The 4chan pass, which was introduced in September 2012, allows users to bypass typing a CAPTCHA verification when posting and reporting posts on the 4chan image boards. 4chan implemented CAPTCHA in 2010 in an effort to thwart spam arising from JavaScript worms. The money raised from the passes will go towards supporting the site.

In addition to allowing users to bypass typing a CAPTCHA verification, 4chan passes also bypass IP range and country blocks. 4chan Pass users will aso have reduced post cooldown timers. A pass, however, does not confer any additional privileges, users will still be subject to various post timers and must comply with the Rules of 4chan.

“4chan Pass users may bypass ISP, IP range, and country blocks, but are still subject to the same rules and restrictions as any other user,” 4chan said. “Pass users cannot bypass individual (regular) IP bans.”