One thing to consider is this, Reddit is known to have AMAs “Ask Me Anything” from very prominent individuals. Spez admitted to altering users posts. Hillary Clinton has participated in AMAs with Reddit site users. Imagine the chaos in the political world that could ensue if Spez altered her comments. Imagine if Spez altered President-Elect Donald Trump’s comments in his AMA. Spez has not only broke the trust of site users, he also could have caused international relations to crumble if he used his position with ill intent.
Just one day after shutting down the “Pizzagate” subreddit thread, a move which infuriated a lot of users who claimed they were being censored over political views, the CEO of Reddit, Steve Huffman, has now admitted to editing individual posts made by Trump supporters that were critical of him. According to reporting from BBC, Huffman simply edits posts to redirect criticism away from him and onto the moderators of the “r/the_donald” thread.
“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,” he wrote.
— Katica (@GOPPollAnalyst) November 24, 2016
Katica then made the following discovery on November 27, 2016:
— Katica (@GOPPollAnalyst) November 27, 2016
Now New Information Emerges On Censoring Specific User(s):
Reddit’s CEO Steve Huffman (/u/spez) is still actively engaging in tactics to censor those who have different opinions. Spez states that The_Donald subreddit will now forever be unable to make the Frontpage, which is a big deal. The_Donald boasts about 300k active users, altering the algorithm to prevent that subreddit from appearing is unethical.
It is also necessary to point out that Spez has already violated Reddit’s User Agreement:
respect users that edit their content
You may not purposefully negate any user’s actions to delete or edit their content on reddit. This is intended to respect the privacy of reddit users who delete or edit their content, and is not intended to abridge the fair use or the expressive rights shared by us all.
don’t mess with reddit
You agree not to interrupt the serving of reddit, introduce malicious code onto reddit, make it difficult for anyone else to use reddit due to your actions, attempt to manipulate votes or reddit’s systems, or assist anyone in misusing reddit in any way. It takes a lot of work to maintain reddit. Be cool.
While Reddit generally provides a lot of leeway in what content is acceptable, here are some guidelines for content that is not. Please keep in mind the spirit in which these were written, and know that looking for loopholes is a waste of time.
Content is prohibited if it
Is involuntary pornography
Encourages or incites violence
Threatens, harasses, or bullies or encourages others to do so
Is personal and confidential information
Impersonates someone in a misleading or deceptive manner
Section 230 says that “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider” (47 U.S.C. § 230).