First of all, this is just awesome — Ukrainians following in the “Documents from the US Espionage Den” tradition. Would-be revolutionaries take note, remember to set up a leaks page for your revolution! http://yanukovychleaks.org/
Right, so Reddit may not *actually* be run by the NSA, but the site has a sordid history of active censorship and manipulation on behalf of The Powers That Be.
In this most ridiculous case, stories about the NSA infiltrating online communities were actively deleted by moderators under various pretenses (e.g “not the approrpriate subreddit” or “already covered”). It even turns out there’s a bot which automatically removes NSA stories from the /r/technology board!
As the old saying goes, “if you’re not paying for it, YOU are the product.”
I wonder if Reddit has a backdoor API?
“The original article titled “How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations” found here, has been deleted in the popular subreddits /r/news /r/worldnews. It is very telling that many of the mods on Reddit so obviously manipulated this submission. Many of the comments in those deleted threads, said if this piece didn’t make frontpage they would know something was up. Due to the way it was tagged it didn’t even show in /r/all when the submissions had thousands of upvotes.[…]
Last night, the original article from firstlook.org was taken down and tagged as “not appropriate subreddit.” Meanwhile, another copy of the story was allowed to rise, despite having an editorialized title. Later, the version that had been taken down–which was older and had fewer upvotes because it had been removed–was put back up and the younger version with more upvotes was removed, allegedly because the topic was “already covered.”
This tactic has been used to keep other similar stories from rising, such as the one about the NSA sharing information with Israel.
Time and time again, the content on /r/worldnews, /r/technology, /r/news, and /r/politics is manipulated by moderator intervention.
While everyone lets the implications of this kind of content manipulation on reddit regarding stories about online content manipulation sink in, I think it’s worth noting that /r/technology has a bot that removes stories about the NSA.
Ninja edit: subscribe to /r/undelete and /r/longtail if you’re interested in keeping an eye on popular content that’s been removed by mods.”