Just one day after shutting down the “Pizzagate” subreddit thread, a move which infuriated a lot of users who claimed they were being censored over political views, the CEO of Reddit, Steve Huffman, has now admitted to editing individual posts made by Trump supporters that were critical of him. According to reporting from BBC, Huffman simply edits posts to redirect criticism away from him and onto the moderators of the “r/the_donald” thread.
Huffman offered the following apology admitting that he “messed with the “fuck u/spez” comments” and that “as the CEO, I shouldn’t play such games.”
As PJW of InfoWars pointed out to The Sun, there is nothing particularly new about leftist-run social media sites suppressing conservative free speech. In fact, since November 4th the largest tech giants, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, in collusion with the mainstream media have launched an all out war against “fake news” sites.
Paul Joseph Watson, editor-at-large at the website InfoWars, told The Sun Online that prominent websites and social networks “routinely” suppressed right wing views.
Millions of Donald Trump supporters watched British firebrand Watson’s videos during the election campaign and he played a key role in breaking stories including the Hillary Clinton health scare.
“Reddit is potentially even worse than Twitter went it comes to censoring perfectly legitimate discussion,” he told us.
“The site routinely removes threads that are damaging to left-wing narratives and prevents them from going viral,” he claimed.
“The fact that their CEO is now spending hours editing individual posts is another fascinating insight into the control freak behaviour that leftists exhibit on a regular basis.”
“In recent months, companies like Reddit, Twitter and Facebook have made it clear that they do not stand on the side of free speech, and have instead decided to become echo chambers for social justice warriors.
But despite their efforts, we suspect that the more these social media giants attempt to censor their users the closer their business models will ultimately come to failure. So carry on Mr. Huffman.
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For those who missed it, here is what we wrote yesterday on the “Pizzagate” controversy:
As of earlier today, the subreddit, r/Pizzagate, was officially banned by Reddit which posted the following notice to their site:
For those not familiar with the movement, the “Pizzagate” subreddit was started by a group of Trump-supporting internet sleuths who were attempting to use WikiLeaks’ leaked Podesta emails to connect the Clintons and John Podesta to the convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein. That said, when the Podesta emails failed to reveal a “smoking gun” linkage, the sleuths instead turned their focus to mulitple “pizza” references in Podesta’s emails which then led to the speculation that those “pizza” references must be code for something far more sinister.
According to the Washington Post, the “Pizzagate” sleuths are convinced that the “secret headquarters of a child sex-trafficking ring run by Hillary Clinton and members of her inner circle” is located in the basement of a Washington D.C. pizza shop called the Comet Ping Pong Pizzeria. The owner of the pizzeria, James Alefantis, says he has received numerous death threats over the past couple of weeks and has been forced to go to the FBI for protection.
It has also led to some very real harassment of the people caught up in the theory, including the owner of the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in the District, James Alefantis. Alefantis has received hundreds of death threats over the past couple of weeks, he told the New York Times this week, after Pizzagate enthusiasts decided that his restaurant was the secret headquarters of a child sex-trafficking ring run by Hillary Clinton and members of her inner circle.
None of the wildly accusatory claims are true. Alefantis told the Times that he asked Twitter, Reddit, Facebook, YouTube and the FBI to help him stop the spread of the conspiracy theory, which uses photos of his own kids as “evidence.”
According to the New York Times, Alefantis first heard of Pizzagate after he started receiving threatening messages on Instagram and Facebook. Aside from some friendships with prominent democratic insiders like David Brock and Tony Podesta, Alefantis told the Times he’s not sure how this conspiracy theory got linked to his business.
None of it was true. While Mr. Alefantis has some prominent Democratic friends in Washington and was a supporter of Mrs. Clinton, he has never met her, does not sell or abuse children, and is not being investigated by law enforcement for any of these claims. He and his 40 employees had unwittingly become real people caught in the middle of a storm of fake news.
“From this insane, fabricated conspiracy theory, we’ve come under constant assault,” said Mr. Alefantis, 42, who was once in a relationship with David Brock, a provocative former right-wing journalist who became an outspoken advocate for Mrs. Clinton.
Mr. Alefantis suspects those relationships may have helped to make him a target. “I’ve done nothing for days but try to clean this up and protect my staff and friends from being terrorized,” he said.
Mr. Alefantis mingles with other Washington chefs and his establishment helped him to be named No. 49 in GQ magazine’s 50 most powerful people in Washington in 2012. His customers include some high-powered locals, such as Tony Podesta, the brother of John Podesta, whom Mr. Alefantis knows casually. Mr. Alefantis and Mr. Brock, who is the founder of Media Matters for America, a website that tracks press coverage critical of the Clintons and works to debunk misinformation in the conservative press, broke up five years ago.
While WaPo says the Pizzagate sleuths have failed to uncover any actual evidence of their accusations, the dismissal of their efforts by the media only seems to be strengthening their resolve.
“Pizzagate” has yet to produce any actual evidence for its extremely weighty and life-ruining accusations, but every debunking of its claims — including the one in the Times — has only convinced its believers that they must be right, and that the circle of pedophiles and sympathizers trying to cover up their findings must be even bigger and more powerful than they imagined.
In fact, after the Reddit ban, one former moderator of the Pizzagate subreddit posted the following message on r/The_Donald:
Finally, we are not finished. Obviously the entire mod team and everyone else is tightening up our opsec and putting on our battle-armor. To those who pressured Reddit into this censorship: none of us are turning back. We have all made life insurance videos. We have all vowed to continue this fight. You have only increased our number. This morning we were numerous, tonight we are legion.
Reading between the lines, we’d say they’re not quite ready to give up on Pizzagate.
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