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Should Reddit Delete Racist And Dangerous Subreddit's?

With the recent firing of CEO Ellen Pao, Reddit is in an upheaval, trying to set new standards detailing what is and what isn't allowed. Thus far, racist threads are allowed...should they be deleted?

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last 24 hours | vice
Reddit Is Facing an Existential Crisis | VICE | United States - VICE
"...Reddit is a prime example of the mentality that has made Silicon Valley "thought leaders" (to use a gross buzzword) both very successful and borderline sociopathic. The site was launched in 2005 as "a place where honest and open discussion can happen," as Huffman described it recently; in practice, that claim has mostly played out over the past decade as a Randian, Wild West model that has been heralded by its users as "a bastion of free speech."Hardcore redditors fell in love with the site for its libertarian, self-policing model. Wong has repeatedly used a (somewhat inaccurate) "city-state" metaphor to describe Reddit's administrative approach: in ten years, its subforums (i.e., "subreddits") have proliferated to terrifying breadth, from basic topics like humor and world news to incredibly niche stuff like this one devoted to Space Jam theme song mashups, all largely thanks to the fact that the site's admins cede most of the day-to-day governing power to volunteer moderators in their own individual subreddits. All of this ostensible self-regulation means that vile, hyper-specific, and potentially dangerous communities can pop up at will...." see full article


882 days ago | theverge
Reddit needs a real leader | The Verge - The Verge
"...Reddit's leaders dual patriarchs who have each indulged in fantasies about democracy 2.0 don't seem to understand that their internet message board is not actually a country and their content policy is not legislation. They don't understand their own product. Community cannot be fixed with technology; hateful language cannot be contained with a splash page. The idea that Reddit is some kind of government is a metaphor gone horribly wrong, and one that has caused its leaders to sabotage themselves when framing their obligations. For example, new Reddit CEO Steve Huffman wrote on Thursday that "banning is like capital punishment," which is an absurd, intellectually childish way to talk about closing message boards that post racist memes. Still, it's pretty telling; that kind of language mostly makes sense to a swath of angry young men who think they are the new Sons of Liberty for calling Ellen Pao tyrannical.This week, Reddit users widely expected the site's worst communities to be culled after Huffman foreshadowed drastic action. As usual, here's what actually happened: yesterday, the people in charge of Reddit made more vague promises that will do very little to purge the site of its ruinous racists and trolls. As BuzzFeed's Charlie Warzel correctly put it, Reddit's community needed leadership, but what it got was more ideology...." see full article


883 days ago | washingtonpost
'Coontown': A noxious, racist corner of Reddit survives recent purge - The ... - Washington Post

"...CoonTown persisted. Why? Huffman tried to explain, making quite the legalistic distinction. We'll consider banning subreddits that clearly violate the guidelines in my post the ones that are illegal or cause harm to others, he wrote. There are many subreddits whose contents I and many others find offensive, but that alone is not justification for banning. /r/rapingwomen will be banned. They are encouraging people to rape. /r/coontown will be reclassified. The content there is offensive to many, but does not violate our current rules for banning. CoonTown's surprise at its survival didn't prevent celebration...." see full article


883 days ago | thedailybeast
Reddit Keeps Its Most Racist Community - Daily Beast

"...But in an attempt to say something more, Huffman also delivered a bullet point list of content that would be prohibited and content that would be classified. On the prohibited side fell spam, illegal activities, doxxing, child pornography, violent threats, and, more vaguely, anything that harasses, bullies, or abuses an individual or group of people. On the classified side, Huffman included adult content and content that violates a common sense of decency, which, again, is vague.And then all hell broke loose. The replies to Huffman in the AMA were a jumbled mess of free-speech treatises, at least one racist rant defending r/coontown, several accusations of selling out, some more principled accusations of profiting from hate speech, along with demands that he clarify what exactly he means by harassment, decency, and adult content. ..." see full article


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883 days ago | thedailybeast
Reddit Keeps Its Most Racist Community

"...The problem with making Reddit inviting and the reason why Huffman's distinction between the criminal and the offensive, the bannable and the quarantine-able will never work is that to rid Reddit of the specific forms of hatred that make it unappealing to a large percent of adult Internet users, you actually have to, you know, name some of them.Here are some words that are noticeably missing from Pao's harassing subreddits post, Huffman's AMA, and the oft-cited promote ideas, protect people Reddit blog post: racism, anti-Semitism, sexism, homophobia, and basically any other identifiable form of prejudice.Saying that you will ban harassment, bullying, and abuse of an individual or group of people isn't good enough to turn Reddit around you actually have to say who some of those people are. The funny thing about values is that you can't have them without saying them out loud...." see full article


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883 days ago | motherjones
Reddit's Former CEO Is Fed Up With the Site's Vindictive Trolls, But Not Its ... - Mother Jones

"...As turmoil continues at Reddit, former CEO Yishan Wong has been defending ousted leader Ellen Pao, in part with a schadenfreude-tinged post on Tuesday in which he informed the trolls populating the site's controversial hate-speech forums that their days are likely numbered. But when I questioned Wong on Tuesday night on Twitter about another controversial corner of Reddit a de facto national market for assault weapons called r/GunsForSale that we exposed in a Mother Jonesinvestigation last year he was of a different mindset. As Wong had put it earlier on Tuesday, the new CEO now had "the moral authority to move ahead with the purge" of Reddit's darkest reaches. I wondered whether that might now also apply to a forum where anonymous gun dealers revel in the prospect of profiting from the mass murder of first graders and boast about selling firearms with zero regulatory scrutiny...." see full article


884 days ago | huffingtonpost
Reddit Just Banned Bullying, 'Anything Illegal' - Huffington Post - Huffington Post

"...Reddit is cleaning up its act.The site's administration announced Thursday new rules that take a strong stance against certain types of content."As Reddit has grown, we've seen additional examples of how unfettered free speech can make Reddit a less enjoyable place to visit, and can even cause people harm outside of Reddit," Reddit's new CEO, Steve Huffman, actually one of the site's founders, wrote in a post.As of now, several things are officially banned on the sprawling collection of online forums, one of the most popular websites in the world. ..." see full article


884 days ago | time
Reddit Takes Stand Against 'Unfettered Free Speech' | TIME - TIME
"...The clarification of Reddit's free speech limits, and, perhaps more importantly, the audience-facing, participatory way in which the restrictions were explained, arrive after months of user complaints over Reddit administrators' lack of transparency when policies are changed.Much of the community's anger had been directed at former interim CEO Ellen Pao, who last week stepped down as chief after hundreds of thousands of people signed a petition calling for her ousting. Though Pao acknowledged the company's lack of communication with users, she maintained her belief in restricting certain content in a Washington Post op-ed on Thursday, writing that she is rooting for the humans over the trolls. ..." see full article


884 days ago | boingboing
What went wrong at Reddit? - Boing Boing
"...To outsiders, it looks like a form of collective insanity, a sign that Reddit itself is overrun with the denizens of r/CoonTown, utterly broken beyond repair. Yet Reddit still drives much of the Internet's traffic. How can such a mainstream site appear to be so fringe? Reddit appears to be overrun by a racist, sexist fringe. It's not. Reddit has driven itself into the ground by the same cost-efficient model that made it rise to the top. The site has a content problem because it has a moderation problem, a terrible labor problem that it has long hidden behind proclamations of free speech. ..." see full article


884 days ago | recode
Are Steve Huffman's New Rules for Reddit a Band-Aid on a Broken Leg? | Re/code - Re/code
"...Talking about why black people are the scum of the earth is okay, but encouraging violence against them is not. Inciting people to rape women isn't kosher, but hosting lengthy discussions about how women are evil is permissible. Before you can comment or share these kind of noxious opinions, however, you'll have to log in.These are the new rules for posting on Reddit, as outlined by new CEO Steve Huffman in an Ask Me Anything session today. And judging by the response thus far, many think the changes look like a digital band-aid on what is a much, much larger problem.The cesspools of hate that populate Reddit have been documented thoroughly. Revenge porn subreddits and places like r/FatPeopleHate were removed earlier this year, because they encouraged offsite harassment. The new policy bans places that incite violence, like r/rapingwomen. But the anti-black racism hub r/CoonTown or r/PhilosophyOfRape are within bounds, because their hatred is apparently more theoretical. ..." see full article


884 days ago | thedailybeast
Blow Reddit Up to Save It

"...But it is now clear: The only way to save Reddit not as a company, but as the idea, in its best moments, it has come to stand for is to abandon it entirely.Its user base, after all, functionally thinks Reddit is that bastion for free speech, and why wouldn't they?They believed they were giving a voice to the voiceless through the exponential nature of the viral web and there were times they might have been right. In the same decade that money came to be constitutionally protected as speech in the United States, Reddit's user base, in at least one case, was countering money in American politics with the influence of its enormous user base...." see full article



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