Thursday, December 01, 2016

Reddit will punish hundreds of 'toxic users' and hide some posts from pro-Trump community - The Verge

Also see Reddit Is Tearing Itself Apart (Gizmodo); tangentially, see Russia Weaponized Social Media in U.S. Election, FireEye Says (Bloomberg)
"Reddit CEO Steve Huffman said in an announcement today that the site will take action against hundreds of its "most toxic users," and will make changes to prevent some posts from its popular pro-Donald Trump subreddit r/the_donald from appearing on one of the site's main hubs. 
The news follows controversial actions by Huffman, who admitted last week to covertly editing comments that criticized him, replacing his username in the comments with those of moderators for r/the_donald. The blog post includes another lengthy apology about the incident, but also says the site "cannot tolerate" the group's behavior any more. Huffman writes that the subreddit, which has been known to use the site's "sticky" feature to push its posts up the site's rankings, will have its sticky posts removed from r/all — a major section near the site's front page. (The site will also introduce filtering options to r/all.)"
Reddit will punish hundreds of 'toxic users' and hide some posts from pro-Trump community - The Verge
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