"I know it when I see it!"

8chan is hosted in the United States of America and is therefore governed by American laws. Recently, we've been involved in a Twitter controversy over several user created boards on 8chan. 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 URI 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 just one hour for deleting obscene images of minors. This is 48 times better than the NCMEC Cyber TipLine, who boasts of removing content in 2 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 imageboards. We are confident in the current legal framework and in our past successes in removing this content from the imageboards.

If you find illegal content on 8chan, please email [email protected] 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 and will work with US law enforcement to the best of our ability to help them arrest 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 Cyber TipLine.