Saturday, June 06, 2015

The Ellen Pao story that is getting deleted across Reddit

Ellen Pao and her husband Alphonse "Buddy" Fletcher need cash, and they need it fast. Difficulty: they need $2.7 million in cash. Why would they need that? The New York Post hints why:

A Manhattan judge has ruled that the 49-year-old investor owes his former law firm $2.7 million in unpaid legal bills.

The following news outlets have reported on this topic:

As of today, the story has been deleted from the following places on Reddit:

Other users report shadowbannings for those who have posted this, but we have not seen that on this particular topic yet.

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Thursday, June 04, 2015

Leaked modmail reveals how Reddit admins coerce mods into obedience

The difference between Reddit and other social media sites is that Reddit acts indirectly. They let /r/ShitRedditSays vote-brigade and vandalize across the site, but never stop them because it is convenient for Reddit to appear as a safe hugbox without evil hate, shitlording, etc. Then behind the scenes, as we see above, admins make threats to mods: do what we want or... you know... something might go wrong for you.

There is not a more hypocritical internet community than Reddit.

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Interview with mod of /r/EllenPaoInAction

As mentioned previously, /r/EllenPaoInAction vanished under semi-mysterious circumstances. An interview with mod wfa19 clears up most of the confusion.

Here you can see his experience of Reddit's ire:

What was the reaction of the Reddit community to your taking the sub down? Were they supportive, and did they understand your reasons?

The only posts made about it were on subreddits like Subredditcancer, who already have a deep distaste of Pao, so nobody actually supported me taking the sub down. However, half of the top comments that were on that post were laughable (most of them insisting the subreddit was not racist, when the CSS had pictures referencing the Japanese Imperial Army and Communist China). Some people said that I was a coward, and I admit my behavior was cowardish in shutting the sub down, but I didn’t want to hand the subreddit over to anyone on the mod team because I knew the racism would just get worse.

We can expect more of this since Reddit, unlike other social media sites, prefers to work indirectly. That is, they tell everyone what is expected and people act in anticipation of enforcement. Like other social media sites, Reddit has almost zero transparency in what it censors and by whose choice.

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Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Accidental profundity about equality/democracy/altruism and other Enlightenment jive

By democratizing something you relinquish control. Power to the people means less power for everyone and no sense of authority. We are all atomized snowflakes. - greatandpowerfulOZ

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Reddit drama continues as /r/EllenPaoInAction is removed

On May 30, 2015, moderator wfa19 closed the sub "EllenPaoInAction" and implied that he felt threatened for running it. He left the following message before stopping new submissions and deleting all older ones:

This was intended as a discussion post about the controversy, not a place to be racist against Asians. Find somewhere else to post your stuff. I don't want to be shadowbanned for this.

The implication is that someone has threatened him with a shadowban over "racism" against Asians posted in this sub. There's only one glitch: absolutely no one recalls any such racism. Not only that, but racism shows up in all of Reddit, and the response is as one user suggested: "Are you serious? Ban the offenders, don't shut down the sub."

Reddit will never release its logs and reveal what actually happened, but this looks like a case of threats made by the admin team against political speech. In this case, it is completely in violation of any attempt at transparency by Reddit regarding its new CEO, Ellen Pao, and any of her deeds or misdeeds. If the slate is clean, no need to wipe it. And yet it has been wiped, and by the most shadowy means possible.

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Controlled opposition

Two beggars are sitting side by side on a street in Rome. One has a Cross in front of him; the other one is holding the Star of David.

Many people go by, look at both beggars, but only put money into the hat of the beggar sitting behind the Cross.

The Pope comes by. He stops to watch the throngs of people giving money to the beggar who holds the Cross while none give to the beggar holding the Star of David.

Finally, the Pope approaches the beggar with the Star of David and says, "My poor fellow, don't you understand? This is a Catholic country; this city is the seat of Catholicism. People aren't going to give you money if you sit there with a Star of David in front of you, especially when you're sitting beside a beggar who is holding a Cross. In fact, they would probably give more money to him just out of spite."

The beggar with the Star of David listened to the Pope, smiled, and turned to the beggar with the Cross and said, "Moishe, look who's trying to teach the Goldstein brothers about marketing!"

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