CNET: How Reddit helped me tackle my biggest insecurity. “Like many preteens going through puberty, I had acne. And like many preteens suffering from the problem, I was mortified by it. Starting when I was 12, each new blistering breakout made me anxious to go outside (let alone attend school), talk to my classmates and meet new people. While my skin cleared up a bit once I emerged from the universally awkward hell known as adolescence, I still have leftover facial scarring and intermittent breakouts that make me apprehensive to appear in photos or CNET videos without makeup. But recently, I’ve begun to embrace this lingering insecurity. And surprisingly, it all stems from Reddit, a site many consider to be the most toxic place on the internet because of the infamous vitriol and trolling by some of its millions and millions of anonymous users.”
Engadget: Unpaid and abused: Moderators speak out against Reddit . “Somewhere out there, a man wants to rape Emily. She knows this because he was painfully clear in typing out his threat. In fact, he’s just one of a group of people who wish her harm.
For the past four years, Emily has volunteered to moderate the content on several sizable subreddits — large online discussion forums — including r/news, with 16.3 million subscribers, and r/london, with 114,000 subscribers. But Reddit users don’t like to be moderated.”
TorrentFreak: Will Reddit’s /r/Piracy Sub-Reddit Get Shut Down?. “During the past few months, several sections of Reddit dedicated to piracy have been closed down. The big question among some users now, it seems, is whether the site’s flagship /r/piracy sub-Reddit will suffer the same fate. The answer is entirely dependent on whether the sub’s users behave and the mods keep taking out the trash.”
NBC News: Volunteers found Iran’s propaganda effort on Reddit — but their warnings were ignored. “Some Reddit users were repeatedly posting divisive political rhetoric from a group of obscure news websites. That effort led a Reddit moderator from California named Alex Brown and a small team of volunteers to investigate. Using publicly available data about who started the news websites, they were able to find evidence of a wide-ranging propaganda network across the social news site with ties to Iran. Brown and other amateur researchers notified Reddit, but the website, the fifth-most visited in the U.S., according to data from Amazon’s Alexa analytics, did not respond.”
BBC: Reddit sleuth identifies car part, leading to hit-and-run arrest. “US Police have made an arrest in a fatal hit-and-run case after an obscure part of a car headlight was identified by a social media user.” The part identified is small enough to fit in someone’s hand. A very little bit of car.
Vox: We analyzed every QAnon post on Reddit. Here’s who QAnon supporters actually are.. “Late on a recent Thursday night, a Reddit user posted a comment in a forum (or subreddit) devoted to the game Magic: The Gathering about how the company that makes the game is hiring with diversity in mind — and how that was ruining the quality of its cards. Then he went to another subreddit, /r/TheRedPill, a men’s rights community known for its misogyny. He posted a comment saying our society lets gay and transgender people and women get away with sexual harassment. His next stop is what’s most interesting.”
The Next Web: People are turning to subreddits in lieu of traditional counseling. “Cries for help echo. These aren’t quotes from a suicide hotline, or a group therapy session. They’re all posts on Reddit, just a few out of the hundreds a day that are made on the dozens of subreddits dedicated to helping people with mental health problems, life crises, or emotional torment.”