Reddit’s CEO Steve Huffman Has Edited User(s) Posts Since 2009, Now New Information Emerges On Censoring Specific User(s)

Previously, The Ambit Journal wrote about how Reddit’s CEO Steve Huffman admitted to altering users posts, and how it could be scary for international politics:

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.

ZeroHedge – Reddit CEO Admits To Editing Posts Made By Trump Supporters:

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.

CBS News – Reddit CEO apologizes for meddling with Trump supporters’ posts:

“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, the original source of the Hillary Clinton/Obama #StoneTear VIP (VERY VIP) Reddit post discovery:

Katica then made the following discovery on November 27, 2016:

Now New Information Emerges On Censoring Specific User(s):

speztocensorthedonald

spezcensortalkagain

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.

Spez violated Reddit’s Content Policy:

Unwelcome content

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 illegal
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
Is spam

47 U.S.C. § 230, a Provision of the Communication Decency Act:

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).

Did Reddit’s CEO Pierce Section 230 Protections? – IPWatchDog

What Steve Huffman may have just done is open Reddit (and undoubtedly himself) to liability and, more importantly, removed the Section 230 protections that Reddit previously held. In the wake of a number of questionable rulings made in 2016, next year is going to be critical. In the event this matter ends up in litigation, a bad ruling here could be devastating, especially in cases where “content creation” is argued. In all likelihood, this will not go well. Deleting comments that violate a website’s terms of use/service is one thing, but editing comments written about you to make them appear like a user wrote them about someone else generally falls into the #*!# pile.

 

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