Criticism of Reddit
Reddit is the largest general purpose Internet discussion platform which consists of so-called subreddits that are communities of interest to specific topics.
This article documents criticism, incidents and scandals within Reddit.
Article under construction. Contributions are welcome.
On Reddit, subreddit moderators have significant leeway for abusive behaviour and tyranny.
Subreddit moderators can get away with unreasonable bannings and hostility against innocent users.
Comment editing scandal
In November 2016, Steve Huffman, the CEO of Reddit, who goes by the username spez on Reddit, has been caught editing user comments.
Banning for harmless interactions
Since early 2020, users merely voting or commenting inside communities may be site-banned if the community is deemed to be serving the purpose of a previously banned community, even if the previous ban was not reasonable in first place.
While Reddit bans controversial subreddits in the name of being family friendly, subreddits containing pornography are being allowed.
Events and incidents
June 2020 ban wave
In June 2020, dozens of major communities on Reddit have been banished.
User posts and comments
- /s/MeanwhileOnReddit – Community documenting and discussing recent happenings, news, incidents and history of Reddit.
- Criticism of Reddit by Eric Barbour
- Reddit June 2020 ban wave
- Downfall of Reddit – by Overlord gaming (2020-04-01): 35-minute video criticizing Reddit for inconsistent policy enforcements, poor transparency, leeway for moderative tyranny, aggressive censorship and hidden policies.
- Video: Downfall of Reddit – by Overlord gaming (2020-04-01): 35-minute video criticizing Reddit for inconsistent policy enforcements, poor transparency, leeway for moderative tyranny, aggressive censorship and hidden policies.
- “Reddit’s CEO edited comments that criticized him” – TheVerge article from 2016-11-23.
- Big Tech War on Free Speech: Reddit Starts Banning Users For Their Upvotes - InformationLiberation
- Screenshot of Reddit user earning a three-day ban for upvoting.