EVER WATCHING SOCIAL MEDIA SITE Reddit is aiming to make some changes to the way that it manages its most controversial comments, following a lot of controversy over some edits that its CEO made to cover his own backside.
Reddit has often admitted that it has an issue with trolls and would probably admit that it has struggled to cope with that problem. Last week, its CEO took one option, which was to delete negative comments about himself. Reddit roared its disapproval.
The same Chief Executive Steve Huffman has reacted in a post on Reddit, again, and in an interview with Reuters. Starting at Reddit, he said, again, that he has messed up - he used stronger language and promised that the site would be making some changes.
"I fucked up. I ruined Thanksgiving. I'm sorry. I won't do it again. We are taking a more aggressive stance against toxic users and poorly behaving communities. You can filter r/all now," he said.
"Historically, we have relied on our relationship with moderators to curb bad behaviours. While some of the moderators have been helpful, this has not been wholly effective, and we are now taking a more proactive approach to policing behaviour that is detrimental to Reddit."
Huffman wants to avoid the kind of controversies that certain threads and individuals put out, and will go so far as to ban really bad eggs, he explained.
"We will continue taking on the most troublesome users, and going forward, if we do not see the situation improve, we will continue to take privileges from communities whose users continually cross the line-up to an outright ban," he added.
"Again, I am sorry for the trouble I have caused. While I intended no harm, that was not the result, and I hope these changes improve your experience on Reddit."
It is pretty clear that a lot of the trouble is coming out of a Reddit sub called The_Donald that is stuffed full of discussion about the relevant Donald, and the associated Clinton. A lot of the chatter is controversial.
"We don't want to be censoring political beliefs, but then they do misbehave," Huffman told Reuters. "That's why we have worked so closely with the r/The_Donald community. We tell them: don't force us to ban you." µ
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