OneZero: Months Before Reddit Purge, The_Donald Users Created a New Home

OneZero: Months Before Reddit Purge, The_Donald Users Created a New Home. “Monday, Reddit banned thousands of subreddits including The_Donald, a conservative community of nearly 800,000 members accused of inciting violence, spreading white supremacist propaganda, and other repeat offenses since its creation in 2015. The takedown marked Reddit’s latest push to curb hate speech on the platform, and The_Donald was a ripe target for moderation. But while the community was purged from Reddit, its members have been relocating to an alternate website for months now, suggesting that users were expecting the ban — and serving as a reminder that ‘deplatforming’ is only so useful.”

CBS News: Reddit bans pro-Trump forum “The_Donald” in hate speech crackdown

CBS News: Reddit bans pro-Trump forum “The_Donald” in hate speech crackdown. “Reddit has banned ‘The_Donald,’ a forum that united fans of President Donald Trump on the social media platform. While announcing policy changes, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman said Monday that the popular subreddit was shut down because it continuously violated its hate speech rules.”

Towards Data Science: Explore a database of the most popular “Florida Man” headlines

Towards Data Science: Explore a database of the most popular “Florida Man” headlines. “For almost a decade, ‘Florida Man’ has been a mainstay antihero of internet culture. Headlines like ‘Florida man too fat for jail’ and ‘Florida man steals dinosaur bones’ are easy fodder for meme-ification. In early 2013, ‘Florida Man’ was canonized on Twitter with @_FloridaMan and on Reddit with the r/FloridaMan subreddit. And after seven years of retweeting and upvoting, we can gather the most popular headlines to see what makes a ‘Florida Man’ headline successful.”

Digital Inspiration: How to Scrape Reddit with Google Scripts

Digital Inspiration: How to Scrape Reddit with Google Scripts. “Here’s Google script that will help you download all the user posts from any subreddit on Reddit to a Google Sheet. And because we are using pushshift.io instead of the official Reddit API, we are no longer capped to the first 1000 posts. It will download everything that’s every posted on a subreddit.”

All I want for Christmas: A custom username for each subreddit (The Next Web)

The Next Web: All I want for Christmas: A custom username for each subreddit. “The holidays are upon us, ushering in the time of year we bug our friends and family for presents — but why not bug tech companies as well If you’ve ever used Reddit, you should join me and demand custom usernames for Christmas. But why, you ask? The answer is simple: shame, creativity, and the multiplicity of man.”

The Atlantic: Inside R/Relationships, the Unbearably Human Corner of Reddit

The Atlantic: Inside R/Relationships, the Unbearably Human Corner of Reddit. “There are more than 1 million subreddits on Reddit, though the number of active communities is somewhere around 140,000. With more than 2.6 million members, r/relationships is currently number 74 on the site by size—a little less popular than basketball, a little more popular than tattoos. Last month, it recorded more than 40 million pageviews, and added an average of 1,516 new members each day.”

The Next Web: How to build Reddit custom feeds (also known as ‘multis’) like a pro

The Next Web: How to build Reddit custom feeds (also known as ‘multis’) like a pro. “Before I became a journalist, Reddit was my preferred source of information and entertainment. I didn’t use Twitter, I hardly got on Facebook, and I absolutely despised Snapchat. Then I started using it for work, and I suddenly couldn’t enjoy it in my spare time anymore. It felt like two universes colliding. Until I discovered custom feeds (also known as multis).”

Quartz: This Bengaluru techie is helping solve real-world mysteries on Reddit

Quartz: This Bengaluru techie is helping solve real-world mysteries on Reddit. “The Reddit Bureau of Investigation is one of Reddit’s 1.2 million subreddits, with 113,000 members. It is a cohort of anonymous, amateur online detectives—or ‘crowdsourcing investigators’ as Cherian describes his ilk—who use their sleuthing skills and online investigative tools to help solve ‘real-world problems’ like hit-and-run cases, mysteries and missing items.”

The Next Web: Yes, there’s a subreddit that skewers those targeted Facebook t-shirt ads

The Next Web: Yes, there’s a subreddit that skewers those targeted Facebook t-shirt ads. “Facebook ads are usually weird and funny when they’re not showing off spooky knowledge of your life and hobbies. Those targeted ads for graphic t-shirts somehow manage to be all three — and a subreddit is celebrating them in all their bizarre glory.”

TorrentFreak: Reddit’s /r/Piracy is Deleting Almost 10 Years of History to Avoid Ban

TorrentFreak: Reddit’s /r/Piracy is Deleting Almost 10 Years of History to Avoid Ban. “Under pressure from Reddit’s administrators over copyright issues, the site’s largest forum dedicated to piracy discussion has opted for ‘The Nuclear Option’. After voting by its contributors, all posts older than six months are now being deleted. That’s almost 10 years of data, the vast majority of it completely legal. The negative effects are already being felt.”

No fooling: Reddit’s r/games goes silent for one day to call out hate, bigotry (Ars Technica)

Ars Technica: No fooling: Reddit’s r/games goes silent for one day to call out hate, bigotry. “The Internet may have already begun exploding due to April Fools’ Day pranks, but one site’s April 1st gesture is decidedly not a joke: the temporary closure of Reddit’s ‘r/games’ channel. An 8pm ET post on Sunday confirmed a united front by r/games’ moderation team to shed light on the ‘condescending, dismissive, vindictive and pessimistic attitudes we see in our day-to-day activity.’ Instead of being able to create new topics or post comments, the community’s 1.6 million subscribers will be left reading a locked moderator post that describes an average day’s discourse on the site—along with the mod team’s hopes for change.”

The Daily Beast: Reddit Bans Gory Subreddits After New Zealand Shooting

The Daily Beast: Reddit Bans Gory Subreddits After New Zealand Shooting. “Reddit took down two of its most notorious subreddits on Friday, apparently because their users were sharing footage of the New Zealand mosque shootings. Visitors to two subreddits known for sharing video and pictures of people being killed or injured—R/WatchPeopleDie and R/Gore—were met with a message saying the forums had been ‘banned from Reddit.’ “