Dem Senator Ron Wyden Pushed For 'The Donald' Subreddit To Be CensoredChris Menahan
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Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, who in the past made a name for himself championing internet freedom, earlier this month pressured Reddit CEO Steve Huffman to censor the popular pro-Trump subreddit "The Donald" for potentially "inciting" so-called "hatred."
During a joint AMA (Ask Me Anything) with Huffman on June 5, Wyden wrote:
Mr Huffman has the First Amendment right to support whatever content he chooses to, as does any private business. And other users have the right to choose whether or not they want to associate with a site that hosts that kind of content.Screenshot:
A groveling Huffman responded by thanking Senator Wyden for his comment and saying they "take cues from the government when we think about our policies."
Thank you, Senator.Though Huffman defended their political speech, Reddit went on to censor The Donald around three weeks later by "quarantining" their subreddit to prevent outsiders from viewing their content and suppress their reach.
The Donald, which along with 4chan's /pol/ forum was found to be the most powerful meme factory on the internet, was censored right before the start of the Democratic debates.
Though the usual refrain you hear from libertarian morons is that "private companies" can censor whoever they want, the reality is their censorship decisions are often being influenced by government threats.
As Reuters reported earlier this week, the Orwellian future this Big Tech/Government partnership is creating can be seen with Facebook announcing they're teaming up with the government of France and will be ratting out their own users so they can be criminally prosecuted for whatever the government deems "hate speech."
[Header image by JD Lasica.]
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