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.
Twitter Posts Job Posting for Developing Paid Subscription Service; Will Platform Become Pay-to-Use?
Will it lead to the downfall of the platform?
Shares for Twitter’s stock surged more than 8% on Wednesday as the company posted an online job listing for a developer who would work on a new system designed as a pay-to-use platform.
The job listing advertises the opening for a project team termed “Gryphon.” The company describes the team as creating a “subscription platform” that “can be reused by other teams in the future.”
In a statement to CNN on the job listing, Twitter underplayed the announcement, stating that it was only a job listing, not a product announcement.
“We’re conducting this survey to assess the interest in a new, more enhanced version of Tweetdeck. We regularly conduct user research to gather feedback about people’s Twitter experience and to better inform our product investment decisions, and we’re exploring several ways to make Tweetdeck even more valuable for professionals.”
CEO Jack Dorsey has resisted shareholder demands to reorganize Twitter to prioritize profitability, most recently fending off a buyout attempt staged by oligarch Paul Singer challenging his leadership of the company. Dorsey kept his position of power over the company after reaching an agreement with profit-hungry shareholders, and the new development of paid subscription software could signal he intends to further satisfy them.
The company’s major investors will likely be pleased by any sign the company intends to convert its service into a pay-to-use model, evolving away from the tradition business model of micro-targeted ads towards its user base. However, a change to a subscription model could prove to be a threat to Twitter’s appeal, especially when newer free speech platforms are gunning for the platform’s user base and the company caves to the demands of censorious liberal journalists in suspending a variety of public figures deemed inconvenient to the neoliberal societal model.
Ultimately, the greed and thirst for power of the privileged elites of Silicon Valley could possibly bring about an end to their era of domination over online political speech, heralding a renaissance of the internet.
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