Reddit now ranks third among social media platforms, just behind Google and Facebook. The site recently banned The New Nationalist from its popular (up til now) r/Conspiracy subreddit for spamming. Spamming is defined in the dictionary as posting unsolicited, unwanted or irrelevant articles. All articles there are unsolicited. We regularly posted our material there and received 14,000 karma points, which should refute the real definition of spamming.
Nevertheless, some “partner” elected to invent his own doublespeak for the word “spam” to dispense with us and numerous other truth posters. We were even banned from the obviously captured r/Palestine sub, among others. Dozens of posters I tended to follow are now purged, and the value of r/Conspiracy as a resource for “speaking truth to power” has been greatly diminished and is corroding by the day.
The power of Reddit resided in popular subreddits. There was a power grab to become moderators of these subreddits. Additionally, there is a large presence of not just social justice warriors, but a more despicable breed of pervert justice warriors (PJW) that I do not believe is organic.
The Boston Bombing subreddit, the Pizzagate subreddit and Bernie Sanders subreddit have been removed. Sandy Hook posts are usually removed. Reddit permitted the Las Vegas Harvest event and other events to be astroturfed with hundreds of shills and bots claiming to “know somebody” or “know somebody who knows somebody” at these events. We covered this in “The Shills’ Chorus: ‘I Know a Guy Who Knows a Guy Who Was Shot in Vegas.”
This week, the Reddit cesspool showed its true colors, and what a shit show. But first, let us get the usual suspects part of the picture out of the way.
Reddit’s majority stockholder is Advance Publications. Advance also owns Condé Nast, has a 13% stake in cable company Charter Communications as well as cultural debasement rags like Vogue and Teen Vogue. See our post “Condé Nasty Scales Back Degenerate Rag Teen Vogue.”
The president of Advance Publications is Donald Newhouse (1929- ). Per Wikipedia, Newhouse’s father, Samuel Irving Newhouse Sr., was born to Jewish immigrants on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and began the family media business. His mother hails from a Jewish silk tie merchant. The Newhouse clan has been at the publishing game for nearly a century, acquiring smaller newspapers nationwide.
With the agenda clearly established, it is easy to see how and why Reddit has gone deep-end Orwellian. Conferred with “third parties.” LOL. I betcha did.
Last week, FireEye made an announcement regarding “the discovery of a suspected influence operation originating in Iran and linked to a number of suspicious domains. When we learned about this, we began investigating instances of these suspicious domains on Reddit. We also conferred with third parties to learn more about the operation, potential technical markers, and other relevant information. While this investigation is still ongoing, we would like to share our current findings.
“This group focused on steering the narrative around subjects important to Iran, including criticism of US policies in the Middle East and negative sentiment toward Saudi Arabia and Israel. They were also involved in discussions regarding Syria and ISIS.”
Next comes the doozy. Notice use of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and Bagelian Dialetic to paint those with the gall to publicize wholesale slaughter of civilians in Yemen as “far-left” or far-left” political communities. And these “communities” did so by posting truth bombs. Oh, the humanity! Put the handcuffs on.
Unlike our last post on foreign interference, the behaviors of this group were different. While the overall influence of these accounts was still low, some of them were able to gain more traction. They typically did this by posting real, reputable news articles that happened to align with Iran’s preferred political narrative — for example, reports publicizing civilian deaths in Yemen. These articles would often be posted to far-left or far-right political communities whose critical views of US involvement in the Middle East formed an environment that was receptive to the articles.
Vigilance of Reddit community is code for algos, bots, AI, harrassers, hired trolls and Hasbara snitches that run amok on this Reddit platform now. This is all couched in the Orwellian newspeak of “threat.”
Through this investigation, the incredible vigilance of the Reddit community has been brought to light, helping us pinpoint some of the suspicious account behavior. However, the volume of user reports we’ve received has highlighted the opportunity to enhance our defenses by developing a trusted reporter system to better separate useful information from the noise, which is something we are working on.
We believe this type of interference will increase in frequency, scope, and complexity. We’re investing in more advanced detection and mitigation capabilities, and have recently formed a threat detection team that has a very particular set of skills. Skills they have acquired…you know the drill. Our actions against these threats may not always be immediately visible to you, but this is a battle we have been fighting, and will continue to fight for the foreseeable future. And of course, we’ll continue to communicate openly with you about these subjects.
Reddit finishes up with examples of claimed “threats.” In the ultimate in audacity, it invites readers to examine the banned “foreign influence” posters’ account activity. They do this knowing full well that no one will bother to look — except for the likes of me. And what did I find? By and large, to my eye the Reddit slime balls have silenced a group of anti-war activists.
To give you more insight into our findings, we have preserved a sampling of accounts from a range of karma levels that demonstrated behavior typical of the others in this group of 143. We have decided to keep them visible for now, but after a period of time the accounts and their content will be removed from Reddit. We are doing this to allow moderators, investigators, and all of you to see their account histories for yourselves, and to educate the public about tactics that foreign influence attempts may use. The example accounts include:
For those not fluent in newspeak, allow me to translate all this skulduggery to English.
Reddit launched an ambitious campaign with select (((partners))) to control the narrative and mold public perception. However, even limiting free speech was not enough to keep from foiling their efforts. Thus, the controllers must double down before the next phase of Middle East warmongering and destruction of the 1st Amendment.
If they determine that brigading, vote manipulation, harassment, bans, post removals and/or astroturfing are insufficient to counter certain news stories or ideas (“threats” in newspeak), then they will resort to more extreme measures to ensure that only Kosher-approved talking points from their masters and corporate media/Lugenpresse owners remain on this thoroughly corrupted Reddit platform.
TNN Takeaway: Reddit is a rancid cesspool. Saidit.net is up and coming, and I am contributing posts there now. Support them and alternatives as long as they are on the up and up. Boycott, avoid and badmouth Reddit at every opportunity.