In what has casually been declared operation “ALLAHU QUACKBAR,” 4chan users are altering photos of ISIS by replacing the terrorists’ faces with yellow rubber ducks and their guns with toilet bowl brushes.
The idea gained traction on the 4chan board Shit4chanSays (/s4s/), a forum that ironically hosts “the best” of all the horribly racist and violent content posted around the site’s dozens of different image boards.
“ALLAHU QUACKBAR” has no explicit purpose, but from the tone of relevant messages on Shit4chanSays, the overarching goal is to simply disrespect and annoy jihadist groups. Considering the Islamic State’s social media prowess, Shit4chanSays may just get its wish.
ISIS has used social media platforms like Twitter to spread its propaganda and recruit new members. The hacktivist collective known as Anonymous, which coincidentally gained traction on 4chan early in its history, is trying to get thousands of ISIS Twitter accounts taken down. Other hackers recently defaced one of the group’s websites with a Viagra ad.
Since 4chan was founded, its users have had a penchant for pranks and vigilante justice. The site has inadvertently helped police in a murder investigation, helped a dad keep his kid from skipping school, and gotten countless teens arrested for animal abuse (here and here, most notably).
ISIS has yet to formally respond to this affront, but we’re betting it’s ruffled some feathers.
All photos via 4chan