Roughly 1/8 of Your New Beliefs Come from 4chan – Even if You Have Never Even Been There

Quantifying the influence of 4chan’s alt-right trolls on normies’ discourse

In a proceedings paper presented at a Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence social media conference, a team of British, Italian, and Cypriot academics who worked with a Telefonica researcher presented their work analyzing 8,000,000 comments from 4chan’s “politically incorrect” (AKA /pol/) boards, a hive of alt-right racism and hate. (was that last part really necessary, or were they just virtue signaling who you should hate?)

The researchers attempted to quantify the effects that /pol/’s “raids” had on the discourse in mainstream political discourse, tracing the flows of news and talking points from /pol/ to and from Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

They found that alt-right raids were remarkably effective at steering the wider discourse, with “12% of the alternative news on worldnews (one of the main news boards on reddit) coming from 4chan. And over 16% of the alternative news on the same board is coming from The_Donald.”

  • Starlord

    They do blaspheme who say: Kek is one of three in a Trinity: for there is no god except One Kek.If they desist not from their word (of blasphemy), verily a grievous penalty will befall the blasphemers among them. (Surah Kek-Ma’ida, 73)

    All hail Kek
    Denounce all who worship and hug plush dolls with rainbow Unicorns.

  • What is “4chan” anyway — is it an acronym for something? A Chinese tv station? I honestly have no idea.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Don’t spend too much time there.
      It’s like starring into the sun.
      This is the part they are talking about; the rest of that site is even weirder.

      • Now you really got me curious!

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Set a timer.
          Anymore than 10-minutes at a time and you will never leave.
          Don’t let it get it hooks into you!!!!

          • Okay, so I checked it out (managed to escape in under 5).
            Some of the stuff looks like it belongs on an onion dark web channel, other stuff looks like fantasy role-playing — people who live boring lives looking for attention by appearing to be “mysterious”.

            The former, I picked up the OS and checked it out once — unless you are really a criminal, or a cop chasing criminals, you look at it once and realize it’s totally irrelevant to your life. Unless you actually have 40 kilos of cocaine to sell, slave girls in Algeria, or you really want somebody to assassinate your ex-husband, and you can pay in Bitcoins. (But the OS is good to have — I keep mine up to date in case the commies censor the Internet).

    • V10_Rob

      A decent primer as to the Trump-specific corner of the Inception-like rabbithole…

      • Laugh. Out. Loud.

        I hope I’m not throwing a monkey wrench into the “ancient” mystery, but the following is a true story:

        When I lived on the farm I came home from work one evening and found a group of Koreans on my front forty, gathered around the swamp with cameras on tripods pointing toward the swamp. This was in a rural area where Koreans were about as rare as Amazonian Indians are in the Arctic. And they were all dressed in suits and ties.

        Anyway, naturally I asked them what they they were doing on my property. They were very apologetic and polite and said: “We like frogs, and we like taking photographs of frogs — do you mind if we take a few photos of the frogs in your swamp?” I answered, “knock yourselves out guys”, and proceeded home for dinner.

        End of story. (but don’t please don’t repost this on 4chan — this could really leave a huge hole in the Korean/Egyptian hieroglyph Trump/Deity KEK-frog thing — I would never want to be responsible for destroying anybody’s religion).

    • Starlord

      You should see the discussion about the woman who requested a white doctor (over at 4chan). Some pretty interesting stuff. Basically nobody in that forum seems to like poo doctors, great at memorizing and cheating on exams but no medical acumen.

    • Watchman

      4chan is actually just four Chinese people generating incredible output of views and thousands of sock-puppet opinions on a huge range of human ideas and thoughts. Their more stupid brethren were forced to come to the US and compete for university places even those these failures (by Chinese standards) had on average vastly superior entrance scores over blacks, hispanics and even whites.

      Has this been done by Jews, it would have been called 3berg, for obvious reasons.

  • robins111

    Praise KEK. We will recover our homeland. And piss the normies off while doing it.

  • Watchman
  • Minicapt

    “Roughly 1/8 Of Your New Beliefs …”
    Only if you insist on dividing by zero.


    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Bring it!

      • El Martyachi

        Well.. at the risk of being presumptuous… if I were a gambling man would likely bet that the captain doesn’t have a tonne of new beliefs.. possibly less than one.

  • El Martyachi

    4chan is basically what internet commentary was like before maybe 1998.