xkcd & Imgur joins 4chan battle vs. AT&T

by Will Chen on 26 July 2009 1 comment
Photo: Jason Walton

AT&T is blocking 4chan.org's infamous /b/ message board for many of its customers.  We all know 4chan's meme-tastic anonymous army will show AT&T the meaning of pain.

But the revolt doesn't stop there.  Several important Internet figures are also sharpening their pitchforks.

XKCD creator Randall Munroe said:

What IP blocks do their corporate offices have? If they're really cutting off my trashy time-wasting web entertainment, I'm cutting off theirs.

Alan Schaaf, creator of the popular social media image sharing website Imgur, is ready to jump in as well:

Let me know if you find out. Imgur is prepared to forward all their images; I hope they like goatse.

Munroe and Schaaf bring a higher level of credibility to this discussion.  AT&T will have a tough time dismissing their arguments as the rantings of frustrated 15 year-old gamers living in their parents' basements.

AT&T has effectively pissed off the mob and the net intelligentsia.  Good luck folks!

Why do people care so much about 4chan?  Consumerist puts it best:

You may find 4chan weird, chaotic, or offensive, but you can't deny that the Internet wouldn't be the same without it. There would be no cat macros. There would be no Rickrolling. There would be no Anonymous protests against the Church of Scientology.

You can get information directly from the 4chan message boards.

Additional photo credit: Tim Horton
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