Google hires creator of 4chan, which hosted hacked celeb nudes

Google has brought aboard the man who created 4chan, the notorious message-board website infamous for having published hacked celebrity nude photos.

“When meeting with current and former Googlers, I continually find myself drawn to their intelligence, passion, and enthusiasm — as well as a universal desire to share it with others,” Chris Poole wrote Monday on his blog.

Well, certainly, Poole is all about sharing. He went on to describe what he brings to the tech giant.

“I can’t wait to contribute my own experience from a dozen years of building online communities, and to begin the next chapter of my career at such an incredible company.”

Poole sold 4chan in September. The site had generated considerable controversy since he founded it in 2003. “The darker parts of 4chan (especially boards with a /b/) are also known for being a cesspool of all the nastiness anonymous content is known to spawn: racist, sexist, and violently pornographic,” said an Inc. magazine article from September. “It was a hub for the dissemination of celebrity nudes hacked from Apple’s iCloud servers, for instance.”

Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence was the highest-profile celeb to have her naked photos confirmed to have been posted on 4chan. Racy photos purportedly of singer Rihanna were also posted on the site.

Neither Poole nor Google said on Monday what he’d be doing for the company. Speculation included work on Google+.

Photo: This combination of file photos shows Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence (L) and pop star Rihanna (AFP/Getty Images)




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