The moderation team for the popular /r/politics subreddit announced a blacklist, banning publications such as Alternet, Drudge Report, Heritage Foundation, The Huffington Post, Raw Story, Mother Jones, The Daily Kos, National Review, Reason, Salon, Think Progress, Twitter, Vice.com, Fox and eleventy thousand others.
Why you ask? Well you didn’t ask, but I’m still typing anyway.
Because that bastion of Internet freedom, Reddit, did not like the titles, that’s why.
Before we go on, I just wanted to say that we were the first to be banned. Yay for us! We are just that cool.
Invasion of the power hungry mod:
“His opinion of our blog was that it was “spam” but not for the aforementioned argument. After asking what he considered spam, he said that he believed that our content was simply copy and paste material; without giving us the respect to linking to sources for credibility . When asked to direct me to an example, he came up empty handed. I listed links to a half dozen other sites which are well known on Reddit as well as across the Internet and asked if he considered them spam. He replied, “We’re not talking about those sites. Only yours.” It was a witch hunt and he was going after my online child.”
I didn’t name names before, but that was Luster. Luster is a libertarian, who had a hard-on for our site since I began moderating there.
Then we were accused of paying a promoter from India, because you know, that’s exactly what we don’t do:
“After respectfully requesting to see their ‘evidence’ several times, I’ve yet to see it. I took it upon myself to go through a few hours worth of messages and screen shots then presented them to the admins at Reddit which prove the direct opposite of their allegations. In fact, said evidence that I gathered, redeems me from their allegations. But, facts be damned. Reddit claims to have evidence of a paid promoter working for FreakOutNation and I’m supposed to believe them without seeing it while knowing full well that no one here is paying a promoter? Fuck that.”
@Reddit Thanks for banning us first. We’re number one! We’re number one!
— FreakOutNation (@FreakOutNation) November 4, 2013
Then the subreddit r/GunsRCool became openly gamed. Everyone knew about it. It’s a subreddit that reports on gun deaths, while mocking gun advocates who sometimes shoot each other, because they can. It promotes, not gun bans, but gun safety.
Reddit admins and/or moderators did nothing. And so a social site behemoth began censoring content, which would make Aaron Swartz spin in his grave.
A couple of months ago, I wrote the admins asking if we could speak to someone regarding our site’s status. CupCake (an admin) wrote back, “I’m sorry, your site will not be unbanned.”
It seems like a personal problem they have with me. If they ever do unban FreakOutNation, I will do everything in my control to stop anyone that tries to submit content from our site to Reddit — that is, until Reddit returns its site to a user based platform which doesn’t look likely.
What I’m saying is, fuck you Reddit. You suck. You’ve moved on from our site, to banning the fucking Internet. What next: The Associated Press?
Now, I can’t even bear to look at the place. It’s so full of shit, it makes me sick. After the ban, I went back using my BFF’s account, but only to counter the censorship brigade that hit r/GunsRCool but I just couldn’t stomach it very long.
Reddit was supposed to be about what the user base wanted to vote on, not what mods decide is worthy to vote on. Internet freedom, my progressive ass.
Dear TheRedditPope, you really turned out to be a dick. A tiny dick, but still a dick.
I was reading Wonkette yesterday — quite a few of us here read their site daily. They did a thing on Reddit. I learned that they were shadowbanned. (that means the user doesn’t even know they’re banned, but can keep submitting content ad nauseam without it actually being seen by the public. What I’m saying is, they do it for the lulz. Ha ha ha ha ha ha)
Wonkette was shadowbanned for “posting four stories from Wonkette over a period of eight months, because /r/politics has some dumb bullshit law about that. Because it sucks.”
I thought libertarians were supposedly for freedom and liberty. Well, I didn’t really think that.
Ah, the stories I could tell.
For the record; Our traffic is way up so take that Reddit! Neener on you!
Other domains that are banned because freedom, that’s why (some of them are icky but then again, that should be up to their user base):
Gawker and all affiliates
Ah the fuckery of it all. Mother Jones is unbanned because the moderators decided the award winning site isn’t “all bad journalism.” And it’s not because of the backlash either (wink wink).
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