One of the most infamous social media provocateurs has expressed his desire to save the struggling message board 4chan.
Milo Yiannopoulos was recently banned from Twitter after he was blamed for inciting a torrent of online abuse against Ghostbusters actor Leslie Jones.
The openly gay, Trump-loving figurehead of the “alt right” movement and conservative columnist has been embraced by a growing legion of fans after becoming a prominent voice on the gamergate controversy. But to many, such as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, he is an unrelenting troll who warrants censorship.
Regardless of which side you fall on, Yiannopoulos and 4chan seem like the perfect fit, and the 32-year-old is reportedly planning on swooping in to save the day for the 4chan community.
“I spoke to my lawyer this morning about purchasing the business,” Yiannopoulos told The Hollywood Reporter.
“I intend to approach the current owners in the next few days with an offer. My philosophy as owner would be very simple: free-speech central, no ifs, no buts.”
Started in 2003, 4chan is an image board social media site that allows users to post anonymously and has long been associated with crass content and instances of cyber bullying.
Among other things, users on the site have been responsible for leaking the naked photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities, convincing people they could charge their iPhone in the microwave, promoting self harm in the name of pop star Justin Bieber, and causing a series of bomb threats.
Earlier in the month 4chan owner Hiroyuki Nishimura said the website could be in its final days after struggling to sell advertising space, which is hardly surprising given the reputation of the site.
However for Yiannopoulos it represents a bastion of the internet that desperately needs protecting.
The conservative firebrand has been touring the United States on what he’s dubbed The Dangerous Faggot Tour, in which he addresses university students on a number of issues including the dangers posed to free speech, and free thinking, by the social justice warrior culture.
Ironically, a number of universities have banned him from speaking following student backlash.
“As a free-speech fundamentalist and a student of internet culture, I appreciate how fragile and precious the 4chan ecosystem is and how much it gives to the wider internet — even if some corners of it, such as /pol/ (a political forum) don’t always approve of me very much,” Yiannopoulos said.
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