The popular subreddit The_Donald, where President Donald Trump participated in an “Ask Me Anything” during the 2016 campaign, has been quarantined by Reddit with flimsy reasoning.
This morning the popular The_Donald subreddit was placed in a quarantine by Reddit. Users now have to agree to an ominous warning before viewing the page, informing them that the subreddit has repeatedly broken rules, most particularly rules about calling for violence against public officials.
After gaining access to the subreddit, users can see the entire message provided to the_Donald’s staff, which tells a different story.
Reddit explains that the Reddit staff is having to remove too many posts that violate rules from the subreddit, particularly regarding the recent standoff between public officials in Oregon that saw the governor threaten to send state police to pacify the situation and militia groups discussing plans to storm the capitol. According to Reddit, with no evidence provided, users on The_Donald were calling for violence against public officials in the state.
However, in a screen shot provided to The_Donald by Reddit, the number of posts removed by the Reddit staff amounts to roughly one per day. Additionally, several items removed were discussions related to Project Veritas’ recent report about Google, which revealed the company plans to use its power to prevent the next “Trump situation”.
Interestingly, last year Big League Politics reported that a Google employee was helping Reddit censor supporters of President Trump:
Top Reddit moderators have identified a current Google employee as a suspected member of the left-wing plot to infiltrate pro-Trump subreddits. Many of the conspirators pose as Trump supporters, and post offensive content to get the subreddits shut down.
Top moderators have now identified more than 30 left-wingers including Google and CBS employees and activists linked to Media Matters and the ACLU as being involved in the plot. The CBS employee denies involvement. So far, “The Great Awakening” has been banned by Reddit, and numerous other pro-Trump subreddits have been wiped clean or otherwise manipulated, while pro-Trump users get banned. (READ: SOROS EMPLOYEE: Meet The Reddit Executive Banning Trump Supporters).
The effort even has an official name: BanOut 2018, and an official page that went private after Reddit administrators told the page to disperse, in response to the backlash that Reddit is receiving for its censorship efforts.
Possibly as a result of our journalism, links to Big league Politics are now banned from Reddit.
The staff behind The_Donald suggest this is an attempt to manipulate the next election by stifling the subreddit’s effectiveness. In their post about the quarantine, they write “It would seem they’ve set up an impossible standard as a reason to kill us before the 2020 election,” and on Twitter they add that the subreddit was “quarantined on the eve of the Democrat Debates”.
Communicating with Big League Politics, The_Donald’s staff believes the Project Veritas video was likely central to Reddit’s decision to remove them.
The video was “obviously hit the far-left tech world hard, and put a lot of coal in their censorship engines,” according to The_Donald’s staff, and “It was likely the final straw to lead them to take harsh action against us.”
We were also informed that, prior to the quarantine, the subreddit saw several million visitors per day.
Big League Politics contacted Reddit for further clarification about the alleged violent threats against public officials and how the Project Veritas discussion impacted the decision. We did not receive an immediate response.
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8Chan Founder is Wanted for ‘Cyberlibel’ for Allegedly Maligning Current Owner of the Free Speech Site
Current 8Chan owner Jim Watkins has accused the site’s founder Fredrick Brennan of “cyberlibel.”
The Philippines has issued a warrant for the arrest of 8chan founder Fredrick Brennan after the man to whom he sold the controversial free speech website accused him of committing “cyberlibel.”
The Pasig City Regional Trial Court Branch 158 issued a warrant on Wednesday for the arrest of Brennan, his lawyer Alexander Acain Jr. confirmed to CNN Philippines. Acain says he will recommend for his client to return to the Philippines from the United States and post bail but is not sure if Brennan will heed his advice.
These charges have resulted from a complaint made by current 8Chan owner Jim Watkins, who bought the site from Brennan, after Brennan made tweets referring to Watkins as “senile” and “incompetent.” Brennan is being charged under the country’s Cybercrime Prevention Act.
“They are a malicious imputation of senility on the part of [Watkins,] a condition, status or circumstance tending to cause dishonor, discredit or contempt of [him,]” Pasig City Assistant Prosecutor Juliene Raymond Cabanacan said in an eight-page resolution issued on January 2 and received by Brennan’s attorneys last week.
Brennan, who is disabled and confined to a wheelchair, faces between 6 and 12 years in prison if he is ultimately convicted of the charges. He has become a vocal critic of how Watkins has handled 8Chan since he took full control over the site in 2016.
“I’ve tried to understand so many times why he keeps it going, and I just don’t get it,” Brennan said last year. “After Christchurch, after the Tree of Life shooting, and now after this shooting, they think this is all really funny.”
“Shutting it down, having these chan sites pushed underground, it wouldn’t totally stop these kinds of things from happening. But it wouldn’t happen every few months,” Brennan added.
Watkins, however, has contended that 8Chan is integral in the fight for global free speech and vows to keep the website up in some form to allow anonymous discussion on the Internet to continue.
“It is actually sinister behavior. Ours is one of the last independent companies that offer a place you may write down your thoughts free from having to worry about whether they are offensive to one group or another,” Watkins said after the media blamed 8Chan for enabling mass shootings.
“Power consolidation of the media beginning as radio and TV stations were gobbled up by a few strong and rich companies is now moving at a breakneck pace through the internet. It will effectively silence the masses and leave them with no place to voice their messages,” he added.
8Chan re-branded to 8kun in Nov. 2019 and was restored to the internet after being denied service by their DNS provider Cloudflare, which allows pedophiles to use their services to propagandize about the virtues of raping kids.
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