13 Facts About 2channel


In 2012,2channel was accused by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police of allowing its platform to be used by amphetamine dealers, although no charges were filed.

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Textboards like 2channel were rooted in two earlier technologies: dial-in bulletin boards, known in Japan as grass roots bulletin boards, and Usenet.

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Name "2channel" is a reference to VHF channel 2, the default setting for the RF modulators used in earlier-generation game consoles when connecting to Japanese television sets.

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Far-right users of 2channel are referred to as netto-uyoku, a term roughly analogous to "alt-right".

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Furthermore, on occasion, 2channel has been accused of being reluctant to remove defamatory posts.

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The discussion boards are often used to coordinate real-life demonstrations; as an example, 2channel users organized an August 2011 rally against Fuji Television, their complaint being that the channel was broadcasting too many Korean television shows.

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Sankei Shimbun reported in 2018 that 5channel, which received most of 2channel's users, has the same reputation for attracting netto-uyoku.

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Use of sites like 2channel by minors is a major concern in Japan.

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Naoto Kan, a future Prime Minister who was then a member of the National Diet, sent a legal notice on 10 May 2000 demanding that 2channel delete a post by someone falsely claiming to be him.

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Japanese news organizations often relied on 2channel to determine the issues the public was thinking about, and for leads.

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Movements spawned on 2channel often receive media attention, noting how the methods of 2channel activists break socially normative behavior and bring pressure to bear through sheer numbers.

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Beyond this, though, 2channel posts were often a basis for media reports in Japan.

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Weekly Bunshun, meanwhile, has been criticized for being seen as overly pro-2channel and relying on its posts too much in its reporting.

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