4CAT: Capture and Analysis Toolkit is a tool that can be used to scrape incoming posts on various forums, image boards and web platforms (including Reddit, Instagram and Telegram) and then process them for further analysis.
It allows one to query a corpus of posts selectively by keyword, date range or other criteria, and then output the results for further analysis. The tool was inspired by the TCAT
, a tool with comparable functionality that can be used to scrape and analyse Twitter data.
Currently, access to 4CAT is restricted. Researchers and students with a use case for it can request an account via the tool site.