The creator of one of the internet’s most controversial forums has been hired by Google to drive the company’s social media ambitions.
4chan founder Chris Poole, known online as Moot, announced on blogging service Tumblr that he is now with the search engine giant.
“When I meet current and former Googlers, I am continually drawn to their intelligence, passion and enthusiasm, as well as a universal desire to share it with others,” he wrote.
“I’m also impressed with Google’s commitment to empowering these same talented people to tackle some of the world’s most interesting and important issues.
“I look forward to bringing my own experience from over a dozen years of building online communities and starting the next chapter of my career at such an amazing company. “
Founded in 2003, 4chan quickly rose to fame following allegations that it had become a hive of offensive and sometimes illegal activity.
The forum is believed to be the first place that hosted nude celebrity footage following the 2014 iCloud breach.
Poole, who stepped down as a 4chan administrator in 2015, is expected to contribute his expertise to the development of the Google+ social network – he certainly has his work cut out for bringing this ghost town to life.
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