Reddit, once seen as the one of the greatest sources of freedom on the internet today, seems to making a series of… odd moderating and administration decisions as of late. A couple of months ago Reddit was under fire for banning submissions containing links to certain domains for “abuse”, and now the site is under fire for temporarily banning all Gawker submissions after the site ran a detailed profile quite critical of one of Reddit’s anonymous moderators, now revealed to be Michael Brutsch of the Texas financial services company, calling him out on offenses such as “unending fountain of racism, porn, gore, misogyny, incest, and exotic abominations yet unnamed”.
Supporters from within Reddit claims that links to the Gawker story would have resulted in the violation of one of Reddit’s most important rules, respecting the anonymity of their users.
The Verge has a great look at the issues that Reddit’s current system of government currently suffers from, and the dangers that this system poses not only to freedom of speech on the internet but could also result in the protection of those who violate federal and state laws. Reddit was also previously under fire for maintaining a blatant child porn community.
Reddit is one of the most popular online communities on the internet today, displacing Digg as the go-to-homepage for user submitted links and discussions on the internet.