RedditGate: “Reddit Admins Have Begun to Actively Change the Content of User Comments”

I am posting this here because Reddit has been exposed several times now for censoring real truth on their site.

Now that it has been proven that the very administrator of Reddit has been editing the content of user comments on the site people should pay attention and be very wary about Reddit altogether, which has always claimed to be the last place on the net where free speech can find a home.

Apparently others have been experiencing this deplorable policy too in the past.

There’s a post about it on Reddit:

A new RedditGate thread at Steem can be found here:

I hope plenty of folks hear about this and help create a real alternative for Reddit.

I’ll post the entire text below, in case it gets edited or deleted.

[AssuredlyANewsAgency] Reddit Admins have begun to actively change the content of user comments; one comment was changed by the admins from “fuck /u/spez” to “fuck /u/[moderator of /r/thedonald]”. Reddit admins have never engaged in server side manipulation of user comments before this action today.

AssuredlyANewsAgency can report breaking news this evening, as, for the first time in the site’s history, the owners of have utilized their server side control of messages displayed on the website to alter user comments.

Perhaps even more shocking, the majority of the server-side manipulated comments seemed to be critical of reddit ceo Steve Huffman (who goes by the moniker ‘spez’ on the popular news aggregate); evidence presented to staffers at this agency indicates that one of the original comments had stated, quite bluntly, “Fuck /u/spez”. However, that comment by user /u/w0rdd now reads “Fuck /u/ “moderator of the donald”.”

This unprecedented manipulation of user comments brings into question the legitimacy of every text submission and comment that exists on reddit, as the use of such server side editing to veil criticism of one of their own employees seems to stand in stark contrast to reddit’s proclaimed designation (by Chairman of the Board, Alexis Ohanian no less) as the “Last bastion of free speech on the internet”. It also seems to stand contrary to the long held policy that reddit users are given exclusive authority over the content of their submissions to the platform.

As more and more of reddit’s core ideological platforms begin to fall by the way side, and the functional integrity of the platform continues to be brought into question, many are wondering just how long reddit can survive this continued barrage of admin-instigated catastrophes. While the company has weathered more than its fair share of storms over the years, there is little room left for mistakes in the highly competitive arena of social news amalgamation. With previous reddit employees seemingly popping up out of the wood-work to open their own competitors (with imzy being but one example), reddit seemingly sits perched precariously beneath a broad sward held by only a thin thread.

This story has ramifications far beyond the initial use of this tactic by the admins to silent dissent, and staffers of AANA will follow updates closely.

[UPDATE 7:26 PM EST]; It has been revealed that the edited comments were linked to by a Washington Post article that came out at the same precise moment that the comments were edited by the reddit admins on the server side; this itself has terrifying implications, as it means the reddit admins manipulated user comments, contacted a press outlet, and intentionally lead that outlet to believe those manipulated comments were in fact genuine user contributions

[UPDATE 7:27PM EST] A comment from reddit ceo /u/spez;

Hey Everyone,

Yep. I messed with the “fuck u/spez ” comments. It’s been a long week here trying to unwind the r/pizzagate stuff. As much as we try to maintain a good relationship with you all, it does get old getting called a pedophile constantly. As the CEO, I shouldn’t play such games, and it’s all fixed now. Our community team is pretty pissed at me, so I most assuredly won’t do this again.

Fuck u/spez .

Spez’s statement does not resolve the standing matter of how the Washington Post was, somehow, given a link to the edited version of the comments. Staffers from AANA will attempt to follow up with Mr. Huffman regarding the matter.



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