Adrian Chen

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Who is Adrian Chen?

Adrian Chen is an American freelance journalist, currently working as an editor for The New Inquiry. Chen joined Gawker in November 2009 as a night shift editor, graduating from an internship position at Slate and has written extensively on internet culture, especially virtual communities such as 4chan and Reddit. Chen is the creator of The Pamphlette, a "humor publication" for Reed College students on a piece of letter-size paper. He has written for the New York Times, New York Magazine, Wired, and other publications.

In October 2012, Chen exposed the real name and details of Violentacrez, a Texas internet developer, who was subsequently fired from his job. This led to all links to Gawker being temporarily banned from Reddit. In September 2012, Chen acquiesced to demands from Anonymous and posted images of himself dressed in a tutu with a shoe perched on his head. The images had been demanded in exchange for interviews regarding an alleged leak of Apple iPhone and iPad user data from an FBI laptop.

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on July 23, 2013


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