Saturday, December 10, 2016


Reddit Shadow Bans Infowars As "Fake News" War Accelerates
Shortly after being appointed CEO of Reddit in 2015, Huffman said that some controversial communities shouldn't be on Reddit, writing that "neither Alexis nor I created reddit to be a bastion of free speech, but rather as a place where open and honest discussion can happen." Huffman later stated while Reddit had not been created as a "bastion of free speech," the concept "is important to us." Huffman later created new policies that would require users to opt-in to seeing some content, and blocking material that encourages "Systematic and/or continued actions to torment or demean someone."
 On November 23, 2016 a member of a subreddit dedicated to Donald Trump, r/the_donald, posted evidence indicating that Reddit administrators had modified multiple user comments inside the subreddit. Following this post Huffman took responsibility for the comment modifications, writing that “Our community team is pretty pissed at me, so I most assuredly won’t do this again.” His administrative modifications involved changing one specific insulting phrase, in several comments, to make them appear as if the insults were directed toward the moderators of the subreddit instead of him. In a Reddit post Huffman wrote that he "messed with" some of the comments but that he "restored the original comments after less than an hour." On November 30, 2016, Huffman announced that sticky posts from r/The_Donald would no longer show up on r/all, stating that the community's moderators were abusing the feature in order to "slingshot posts into r/all, often in a manner that is antagonistic to the rest of the community."
 Censorship purge of dissenting opinion 
knows no bounds
republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:
Reddit has shadow banned Infowars as the mass censorship of anti-establishment content accelerates under the guise of stopping “fake news”.
As users of The Donald Reddit have complained about numerous times, links to Infowars are being deliberately prevented from appearing in Reddit’s popular /new/ category.
“Link posts to Infowars are shadow banned on Reddit,” wrote one user. “You can make the post, but it will NOT show up in /new/.”
“I’ve noticed this too, I used to get loads of up votes from Infowars links on the donald, but now they always stay as 1,” responded another user.
Note that all links from Infowars are being shadow banned, not just links relating to controversial topics like “PizzaGate”.
As we reported yesterday, Facebook is already blocking entire subjects, not just links from specific websites, related to whatever the establishment media (which itself puts out fake news on a routine basis) declares to be “fake news”.
By banning Infowars under the claim that we are fake news, the likes of Reddit and Facebook are censoring a news organization that secured an exclusive interview with the next president of the United States. Let that sink in.
In addition, despite innumerable attacks on Jones from the likes of the New York Times, NPR, Stephen Colbert being fair game for Reddit, Jones’ rebuttal will be censored in every instance, effectively de-platforming him.
The is happening despite the Washington Post having now been forced to admit that its vaunted “fake news” exposé was itself fake after massive blow back.
As Matt Drudge warned about last year, the creation of social media ghettos has made the silencing of diverse opinions far easier for tech giants like Reddit, Facebook and Twitter. Despite the fact that these outlets are now the de facto public commons, they are becoming increasingly authoritarian in their brazen move towards censorship.
Last month, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman pledged to suppress pro-Trump groups and even began editing posts made by Trump supporters on The Donald sub-reddit, sparking outrage.
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