"I know it when I see it!"

8chan is hosted in the United States of America and is, therefore, governed by American law. Throughout 8chan's history, we have been involved in multiple controversies over several user-created boards. Unlike many imageboards on the web, such as Krautchan, 4chan, etc., boards on 8chan can be created by simply filling out a few fields and completing a CAPTCHA on our board creation page.

8chan is unmoderated. However, we have a team of volunteers who delete content that is reported to us. We also delete and ban (make it so that a board with the same URL cannot be recreated) boards that we determine to have the sole purpose of distributing illegal content.

Since October 23, 2013, 8chan has deleted and banned the following board names permanently:

Globally, 8chan has had an average turnaround time of only one hour for deleting obscene images of minors. This is 48 times better than the NCMEC Cyber TipLine, who boasts of removing content within two days.

8chan is open to the public, has no registration, and allows anonymous image uploads, so it is inevitable that sometimes users will upload illegal content to the boards. We are confident in our compliance with the current legal framework and in our past success in removing this content from the many 8chan boards.

If you find illegal content on 8chan, please file a global report and it will be dealt with promptly.

If you are thinking of posting illegal content to 8chan, please think again. We will not protect you.

Keep in mind that 8chan's volunteers are not lawyers. We just know it when we see it, just like Justice Potter Stewart in Jacobellis v. Ohio. If you find the response inadequate, I again draw your attention to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's NCMEC Cyber TipLine.

[This page was updated on May 19, 2017. The previous version looked like this.]