July 11, 2018
This is an incredibly stupid story to wrap your head around.
But it’s also just how the cookie crumbles sometimes in Clown World.
Some days, it’s incredibly depressing and disheartening as you read about the depths to which the absurdity seems hell-bent on sinking to. Other days, it comes out alright as your own enemies get hit by the same absurd conditions that everyone else is supposed to live in.
A Reddit user has found himself at the end of a week-long suspension—and from the look of his account, it might have come because he publicly shared a “direct message” exchange with Reddit CEO Steve “spez” Huffman over the platform’s handling of hate speech.
This isn’t going in the direction you think it’s going, just wait.
Reddit has confirmed to Ars Technica that Huffman’s conversation, as posted by user “whatllmyusernamebe” on Sunday, is legitimate. The conversation begins with Huffman responding to the question, “Why do you admins not just ban hate speech?”
A Jew asks Reddit’s CEO why they aren’t clamping down on the goyim harder…
spez: Our violent speech policy is effectively that.
The Reddit CEO says, “we’ve already bent over backwards for you kikes.”
whatll: I’d argue that hate speech should be banned with its own rule, separate from the violence policy. But thank you for replying.
Translation: you need to do more. I’m going to start causing trouble for you.
spez: Hate speech is difficult to define. There’s a reason why it’s not really done. Additionally, we are not the thought police. It’s not the role of a private company to decide what people can and cannot say.
This is some serious cognitive dissonance. Reddit is known for banning anyone who isn’t a bugman or a Jew. And yet the CEO is coming off here as a defender of Free Speech…
whatll: But it *is* the role of a private company to decide what people can and cannot say *on [its] own platform*.
Jew-speak: akshully, you can arbitrarily ban people and you should.
spez: I know what you’re asking, but it’s a nearly impossible precedent to uphold. It’s impossible to enforce consistently.
A cop-out. Anyways, the farce continues to unfold.
When reached for comment, a Reddit representative declined to confirm whether the user’s suspension was related to the sharing of this direct-message history. Ars Technica was able to reach the user, who goes by the name Zachary Swanson, on Monday. Swanson shared a screencap with Ars of the reason Reddit gave for suspending his account for seven days:
“for harassment” was the listed cause, with no further clarification.
Huffman’s logic appears to run counter to initiatives run by Reddit itself. The social media platform has a history of closing channels wholesale in the wake of controversies, particularly those that ran afoul of “harassment” rules in 2015. And Huffman’s description of how companies define hate speech ignores the fact that many major online platforms in the West inform their users of firmly defined hate-speech rules, including Google (and its subsidiaries), Facebook (and its subsidiaries), and Microsoft (and its subsidiaries).
Before receiving the seven-day suspension, Swanson reminded members of one community about Reddit’s occasional decisions to ban entire communities wholesale. “Remember Anderson Cooper’s piece on /r/jailbait?” Swanson wrote. “Immediately banned. I say we start flooding news tip lines every time we see egregious hate speech that isn’t being banned.”
Lol, this kike basically wanted to organize online raids to mass flag anything that he disagreed with. And he got suspended for planning to do so. On Reddit. Where they already ban everybody and anybody.