Junkread is an American web content rating and discussion website. Registered users submit content to the site such as links, text posts, and images, which users can like or dislike. Posts are organized by subject into user-created boards, which cover a variety of topics including films, video games, music, books, and image-sharing. Submissions with more likes appear towards the top of their board and, if they receive enough likes, ultimately on the site's front page. Despite strict rules prohibiting harassment, Junkread's administrators spend considerable resources on moderating the site.

Launched on June 22, 2008 by Steve Hamm, John Koffer, and Cole Kabrowsky, the website's company, Junkread, Inc., is based in Los Angeles, California, United States.

As of June 3, 2020, more than 102 million accounts are being used on Junkread, and over 94 million boards have been made. The term Junkreader is used to refer to the website's users.


Junkread was launched on June 22, 2008. It was created by Steve Hamm, John Koffer, and Cole Kabrowsky. Initially, the only board was jr-junkread, and the only account was at-stevehamm. The first feed was posted on that board, and it simply read, "Welcome to Junkread."

On July 3, 2008, the website had reached 100 users. It had also reached 67 boards. The website was redesigned, and the original logo displaying a face with no emotion, was changed to a smile. Around this time, Junkread, Inc. was founded.

On September 22, 2013, the ability to suspend accounts was introduced. Within the first month, nearly 350 accounts had been suspended.

Countries blocking Junkread

On June 22, 2015, Junkread was banned in China due to certain posts having involvement with Winnie the Pooh.

On August 13, 2016, the government of Xintao blocked Junkread due to its posts involving LGBT topics, which are controversial in Xintao.


Main article: Criticism of Junkread

Junkread has been the subject of many controversies, including boards such as jr-liquidsoap, jr-bananajuice, and jr-furryass. Users who have been critcized for their posts include at-somethingother and at-killyourself.

The website is also held responsible for the creation of the terms trudy and wumpum. The controversial phrases "black to Africa" and "white back to Europe" also originated from Junkread.

Junkread boards
C jr-cartoons · jr-comics
F jr-furry
G jr-gaming
J jr-junkread
L jr-lgbt · jr-longele
N jr-news · jr-noreastersunite
P jr-playstation
T jr-turbospiderjettv
X jr-xbox
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