In a move that isn't particularly surprising given their lack of support for intellectual diversity to date, Reddit has introduced outright bans to replace its shadow banning policy.
Reddit has introduced an "Account Suspension" feature that will replace Shadowbanning for non-spammers, though previously shadowbanned accounts are not going to be automatically unbanned.
A post on July 28, 2015 by Reddit admin /u/krispykrackers explains the basics of Shadowbanning, a tool initially created to counteract spammers by hiding their content without letting them know their account had been shadowbanned. However, this was Reddit's only tool for an account-wide ban, and it has since been used on people other than spammers as well.
Account Suspension will be more straightforward and transparent than a Shadowban. An F.A.Q. page (sic) linked in the announcement post states that only Reddit administrators will be able to apply suspensions, which can be temporary or permanent. Permanent suspensions will result in a message about the account's status being added to that account's userpage.
See, I'm a veteran. This means I was willing to take a bullet for the right of my countrymen to speak their minds. On this at least I have not mellowed as I've aged. My personal line in the sand is that we will never site ban for anything but over-the-top spamming or gross/repeated illegal activity while I am on staff. See my journal if you feel the need for that last statement to be expounded upon.
(Score: 2) by Sir Finkus on Thursday November 12 2015, @09:15PM
Seriously, who gives a crap how Reddit moderates? Frankly, if they make is sucky enough maybe we'll get some of their users that value that sort of thing.
I care in the sense that it's a large and influential site. The way it's set up and the way most of the subs are moderated encourage a groupthink mentality, while also giving the illusion of free speech. People might think they're getting the whole story when they aren't.
It's rather easy to fall into a worldview when all the content you see conforms to that worldview. I actually suspect a lot of the problems college students seem to be having are a result of how most of our online social interactions are curated and censored. Online, it's super easy to wall yourself off from alternative viewpoints. In real life it takes a lot of effort. You can't just thumb down or block somebody who shows up at your protest that disagrees with you.
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