Reddit in Turmoil Over Censored Posts

Written on:April 22, 2014
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One of the most popular sections on the user-driven news site Reddit was downgraded Monday after users discovered that moderators were removing stories that included popular terms such as “Bitcoin,” “Tesla,” “Anonymous,” “Obama,” “Congress,” “National Security Agency” and “Snowden.”

When users of the section in question, r/technology, tried to submit stories with those words in their headlines, their posts were mysteriously removed without comment. It turned out that the moderators of the section, who are all unpaid volunteers, had simply placed a filter on the section that automatically censored headlines with more than 20 popular words in them — simply because the moderators didn’t want to deal with the large number of stories submitted on controversial topics Read more…

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