Reddit is like a drunk person who ate nothing but chili for days: just when you think the horror is over, it begins anew, and usually gets stinkier over time.
The admins decided it was time to ban /r/pizzagate, a 'subreddit' or channel that is investigating what seems like a series of coded references to pedophilia contained within the emails by Hillary Clinton staffer John Podesta that were released through Wikileaks.
In a private message (on-site email) to the mods of /r/pizzagate, Reddit's admins stated:
We wanted to let you know that after several long discussions on our end we are unable to keep your community open after today. This is because we’re still seeing PII of private individuals continually posted on your subreddit and it’s not being removed by moderators after multiple warnings and discussions with your team. We recognize that you feel this is an important investigation, however as it has become clear that this community is unable to stay within our sitewide rules we will be banning the subreddit at 4:00 PM PST.
The #Pizzagate team has decided on a continuation policy using three contact points:
In the meantime, one alert user noticed something disturbing: while Reddit banned /r/pizzagate for witch hunting, it seems to have no problem being a nexus for pedophiles to meet up, chat and get together for "R4Rs" -- online solicitations to do things for one another, often of a sexual nature.
Redditors quickly identified /r/pedofriends and /r/pedochat (a private, password-protected chat forum) as examples of Reddit covering for pedophiles if not outright enabling them.
No word has come forth from Reddit admins about whether they will continue to tolerate pedophilia. They seem more concerned that a subreddit might identify pedophiles within the US government than that pedophiles use Reddit as a private forum, and at this point, that is all we know.
Labels: censorship, john podesta, pedophiles, pedophilia, pizzagate, reddit, wikileaks