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Christopher "Moot" Poole is stepping down from 4chan, the message board he founded that boasts more than 20 million unique visitors each month and is no stranger to controversy. It's where the hacktivist group Anonymous originated. It also made headlines as an online meeting place for those involved in the GamerGate and celebrity nude photo hacking scandals. Poole, who founded the site when he was 15 years old, announced in a letter to users on Wednesday that he was leaving his position as administrator of the site. "4chan has faced numerous challenges over the years, including how to continuously satisfy a community of millions, and ensure the site has the human, technical, and financial resources to continue operating," he wrote. "But the biggest hurdle it's had to overcome is myself." Poole said that he was leaving to "decompress and reflect," leaving day-to-day operations to senior volunteers.

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Sep. 22, 201400:46



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