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Criticism of Reddit

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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.

Moderatorship abuse[edit]

On Reddit, subreddit moderators have significant leeway for abusive behaviour and tyranny.[1]

Subreddit moderators can get away with unreasonable bannings and hostility against innocent users.

Comment editing scandal[edit]

In November 2016, Steve Huffman, the CEO of Reddit, who goes by the username spez on Reddit, has been caught editing user comments.[2]

Banning for harmless interactions[edit]

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.[3][4]

Double standards[edit]

While Reddit bans controversial subreddits in the name of being family friendly, subreddits containing pornography are being allowed.[citation needed]

Events and incidents[edit]

June 2020 ban wave[edit]

In June 2020, dozens of major communities on Reddit have been banished.



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