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Reddit Inc.
Back-to-reddit.jpeg
Go back if you came from there
Type of businessPrivate
Type of site
Heavily moderated and censored
Available inEnglish, Multilingual
FoundedJune 23, 2005; 16 years ago (2005-06-23)
HeadquartersSan Francisco, California, U.S.
Area servedWorldwide
OwnerAdvance Publications (majority shareholder)
Founder(s)
  • Steve Huffman
  • Aaron Swartz
  • Alexis Ohanian
Key people
  • Steve Huffman, co-founder and CEO
  • Jen Wong, Chief operating officer
  • Drew Vollero, Chief financial officer
  • Christopher Slowe, Chief technology officer
Industry
  • Internet
  • Online media
RevenueAround US$100 million (2018)
Employees400 (September 2018)
URLreddit.com
AdvertisingBanner ads, promoted links and post
CommercialYes
RegistrationOptional
Current statusActive
Written in
  • Python
  • JavaScript

Reddit is a horrible website you should go back to if you came from there. Just make a mental note of never going there if you didn't. It is a useless and heavily censored website that censors sub-sections, individual posts and entire subjects like feminism while having dedicated and unmoderated groups for highly immoral and questionable things like incest, pretend rape and many other subjects like that.

People from Reddit should go back there and keep their toxic power-trips isolated to that cesspool. You need to go back if you came from there.

History Of Censorship

Reddit was founded by Steve Huffman, Alexis Ohanian and Aaron Swartz in 2005 (Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian founded the Reddit corporation in June 2005, that corporation merged with Aaron Swartz's Infogami corporation a few months afterwards).

Aaron Swartz was very pro free speech. The site become heavily censored shortly after Aaron Swartz died in 2013. The censorship was somewhat subtle at first with any reference to NSA and other select subject being removed from groups like /r/Networking.

The censorship become outright ridiculous with the removal of political groups like "The Donald". Donald Trump became president despite obvious election interference from tech-giants like Reddit owner Advance Publications.

Reddit begun banning all links to the investigative financial news website Zero Hedge in October 2020.

How Most Reddits Sub-Sections Are Moderated

Most of the sub-sections on Reddit are controlled by moderators who dislike the subject matter they are in charge of moderating. This is, for some reason, specially common when it comes to free software related issues. r/Linux is moderated by a handful of power-hungry crazy people who don't use Linux, r/GNU is moderated by a nut-job who doesn't like free software and really doesn't like Richard Stallman and his ideas and r/Firefox is moderated by people who ban sites with Firefox benchmarks, discussions about Firefox performance and other subjects you would expect to be allowed on a forum that is supposedly about Firefox. The rest of Reddit is mostly similar to various degrees.

Link Censorship a.k.a. "identified as a link aggregator"

Many sub-reddits, like /r/opensource/ and /r/linux/, have a funny way of preventing links to sites moderators there do not like. Posting any link to this website results in a auto-moderation with this rather interesting message:

"Unfortunately, your submission has been automatically removed because it has been identified as a link aggregator or otherwise low-effort news site.

Your submission contains rehosted content, which is usually paired with privacy invading ads. Please re-post your submission using the original source with the original title."

"/r/opensource/ AutoModerator"
April 7th, 2021

Posting an original story is apparently "rehosted content" until some other site that has been approved by the moderators of /r/opensource/ and /r/linux/, copy-pastes and re-posts our original story as their own. It kind of reminds us of Wikipedia, a site built by copy-pasting content from this site and other small sites into "articles" while at the same time refusing to link back to those sites because they are not "trustworthy". That was mostly a think in Wikipedia's early years.

Another slight problem with Reddit is that many of those useless waste-of-time "subs" have some idiotic rule that says you need to "engage" and post links to a "variety of sites" if you want to drop a link to a news story in one of those silly redshit subs where it is relevant and on topic. Opening redshit, dropping a link and immediately closing the tab once or twice a month when you've written something those muppets over at redshit might enjoy reading is apparently not good enough, you have to be willing to waste time there. That is of course utterly pointless since it's a toxic cesspool filled with power-hungry moderators hell-bent on censoring anything that even remotely resembles independent thought. There doesn't seem to be any way around those silly rules beyond a) wasting time on the site or b) wasting time finding ways around it, so the obvious choice is to not waste any time on redshit. Writing it off as a worthless toxic cesspool not worth the trouble is a much, much better option.


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Danseobang

3 months ago
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Reddit removed Aaron Swartz, a pioneer for the free world who killed himself, from their founders page too: https://www....aron_swartz/
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