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No fooling: Reddit’s r/games goes silent for one day to call out hate, bigotry

April 1st, 2019
An official Reddit "Snoo" mascot was used to advertise the site's gaming content in 2018. Today, it's got duct tape on its mouth for a reason.

Enlarge / An official Reddit "Snoo" mascot was used to advertise the site's gaming content in 2018. Today, it's got duct tape on its mouth for a reason. (credit: Reddit / Sam Machkovech)

The Internet may have already begun exploding due to April Fools' Day pranks, but one site's April 1st gesture is decidedly not a joke: the temporary closure of Reddit's "r/games" channel.

An 8pm ET post on Sunday confirmed a united front by r/games' moderation team to shed light on the "condescending, dismissive, vindictive and pessimistic attitudes we see in our day-to-day activity." Instead of being able to create new topics or post comments, the community's 1.6 million subscribers will be left reading a locked moderator post that describes a brutal, average day's discourse on the site—along with the mod team's hopes for change.

"By showing disdain or outright rejecting minority and marginalized communities, we become more insular," the moderation team wrote after describing the community's "vitriolic" state in general. "In this, we lose out on the chance to not only show compassion to these people, but also the chance to grow our own community and diversify the demographics of those involved in it."

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Social media sites struggle to contain video of New Zealand shooting

March 15th, 2019
The shooter had a collection of guns in his car before he entered the mosque.

Enlarge / The shooter had a collection of guns in his car before he entered the mosque.

A white nationalist who murdered an estimated 49 Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday livestreamed a portion of his gruesome crime on Facebook, sending social media companies scrambling to contain the spread of the video.

Major social media platforms, including Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, have terms of service prohibiting graphically violent videos. Officials worry that wide distribution of such videos boosts the profile of mass shooters and could inspire copycats. It can also be painful for victims' families.

"Our hearts are broken over today’s terrible tragedy in New Zealand," YouTube tweeted. "Please know we are working vigilantly to remove any violent footage."

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Book tells the inside story of how Reddit came to be the Internet’s “id”

December 30th, 2018
Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian

Enlarge / Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian (credit: Getty Images)

Entrepreneurs Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman famously founded Reddit as college roommates in 2005. Tech journalist Christine Lagorio-Chafkin's recent book, We Are the Nerds: The Birth and Tumultuous Life of Reddit, the Internet's Culture Laboratory, follows their sometimes rocky relationship as Reddit grew from a simple, user-directed front page for the Internet, to a scandal-rocked dominating force in online culture.

As the subtitle implies, the site has been at the forefront of issues like the limits of free speech, privacy policies, and the unfettered spread of misinformation or "fake news," grappling with those thorny matters well before social media giants Facebook and Twitter took notice. In a sense, Reddit is the "id" of the Internet, and that's what has long fascinated Lagorio-Chafkin. "My friends thought I was nuts talking to these guys who happened into the idea for Reddit," she said. "It had the reputation of being sort of a cesspool, and I wanted to know just how it got there."

So she started meeting regularly with Ohanian at a Brooklyn cafe and he told her about the early days when Reddit was still in its infancy. It was a tough summer, personally: his mother was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, his childhood dog had died, and his girlfriend at the time suffered a nasty fifth story fall. Yet he still threw himself into promoting what Lagorio-Chafkin dubs "a little scrappy site—I mean, they barely had a product." She was equally impressed with Huffman, and knew he, too, would make a great subject.

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Now you can post videos directly to Reddit, no third-party service required

August 18th, 2017

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Reddit announced a big, and likely welcome, change coming to its site: native video uploads. After testing the feature out in about 200 communities, native video hosting will now roll out for all Reddit communities, giving every user the ability to upload and share videos on Reddit without the use of a third-party service. Until now, users had to upload videos to another site and then post the video’s link to Reddit in order to share.

Native video uploading is supported on both the desktop and mobile versions of Reddit. Users can upload pre-recorded videos from their devices; on the Reddit mobile app, you can shoot videos to upload immediately by giving the app access to your camera. Videos must be either MP4 of MOV files, and they can be no longer than 15 minutes. You can even make gifs out of your videos by using Reddit’s new MP4 converter, and videos uploaded through the mobile app can be trimmed to show only the most important part. Since Reddit’s core is its communities, the company made it so you could watch videos and read posted comments at the same time. On desktop, the video player will shrink and stay at the top of the page so you can scroll through comments. On mobile, the video player remains at the top of the page while the bottom-half is scrollable.

Reddit’s blog post cites user experience as one of the main reasons for its new native video hosting. It was previously a hassle for users to post a video to Reddit, and the viewing experience wasn’t seamless. Reddit gave the same treatment to images last year when it cut ties with its longtime partner Imgur in favor of native image hosting. Not only does native image and video hosting make it easier for users to upload and share content to their favorite subreddits, but it also cuts the amount of time users spend on third-party sites.

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Reddit’s warrant canary is now pushing up the daisies

April 4th, 2016

The CEO has said that he can’t comment on the issue: a remark that points straight to the company being under a warrant’s gag order.

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Burning Man festival to cancel tickets of cheaters who used website hacks

February 24th, 2015

Burning Man says it will cancel festival tickets purchased by approximately 200 individuals who managed to use a flaw in the ticketing website to jump ahead of the line.

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Gamergate target Zoe Quinn launches network to battle online harassment

January 20th, 2015

Crash Override pre-emptively warns would-be swatting victims and has gotten one police department to knock with hands, not boots.

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