5channel, origin of 4chan, in danger of extinction after being backstabbed by its dedicated browser
JaneStyle, the largest “dedicated browser” for viewing the Japanese anonymous bulletin board 5channel via PC and mobile, cut ties with 5channel on July 10, turning into a dedicated browser for a new clone-like anonymous bulletin board called Talk. Users are calling the event the “Jane uprising” or “Jane coup.”
Created by Japan-based developer Jane, JaneStyle had been compatible with 5channel since 2017 and had been the main browser used by users to access 5channel boards. On July 10, the developers released an unannounced update for the PC version of JaneStyle, and with this update the browser’s support for 5channel has been discontinued.
According to a report by Windows Forest, with the termination of 5ch.net support for JaneStyle, the API key that was being provided by Jane appears to be no longer available, and other 5channel browsers that were using the API key provided by Jane also seem to be unable to connect to 5ch.net.
Though 5channel itself continues to operate and can be accessed via web browser, according to a report by ITmedia, the number of users has plummeted due to the largest point of access being disconnected. As for the new site called Talk, threads from 5channel have apparently been cloned into the new bulletin board, but most of them have no activity.
There has yet to be a statement from JaneStyle’s developers on the topic.