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by Nick DeCarli titled,In the Dark: How the Dark Side of the Internet is shaping our culture article Posted November 29, 2016 10:38:03A year ago, a series of posts on the popular social news website Reddit went viral, sparking outrage among many in the tech community and a call for the site to be shut down.
Since then, the subreddit, known for its community-driven discussions, has seen a series or even a full-blown revolution.
The latest in the backlash against the subreddit comes from its creators.
On Sunday, The Washington Post reported that the group, whose members have collectively railed against Reddit’s moderation and banned users who they feel have gone too far in their fight against the site, had removed posts from several of its most popular subreddits.
Reddit has become a platform for online debates and, more recently, a platform to voice support for Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee who is running for president.
The site is notorious for its lack of moderation, which often limits what is posted and who can participate in discussion.
In the past few weeks, some users have expressed their frustration with the moderators.
On Saturday, for example, user TheCrazy_Guy_ posted a message to the subreddit titled “I will not be censored, because I love this subreddit.”
He wrote, “I am tired of this system and I am tired to see the other sides of the internet that don’t have the same issues and just use us as a scapegoat for everything _______.
I know you don’t want to see this, but this is how I see it, and I will do what I have to do to protect the future of our community.
_______”The moderator of the page then removed the post.
In response, a user called TheCurious_Redditor, who goes by the username @curious_rude, posted a response to the message.
He said, “You’re right.
I do not want to censor my community.
I want to be allowed to have a voice in how the community is run.”
The post received more than 20,000 upvotes and 1,200 comments.
The subreddit has since been removed from the site.
A spokesperson for the subreddit told TIME that the moderator of that post has been removed.
The spokesperson also confirmed that the post was removed.
However, some commenters, including some members of the tech world, questioned the moderators ability to handle the situation.
On Twitter, user @gabrielbaz, also known as @fizzie, suggested that the moderators had gone too much far.
In an article posted on the subreddit’s official site on Sunday, he said, “(I) think that the subreddit has been manipulated by trolls.
Its been manipulated and corrupted by the troll army that are using the platform to push their agenda.”
On Reddit, it’s not uncommon for the moderators to remove content from the subreddit as they see fit.
It’s also not uncommon to see users comment about the moderators actions on the site’s forums.
In one such thread, one user said,The post was taken down as of Monday morning.
It was not immediately clear if the moderator who removed it was banned for violating Reddit’s community guidelines.
In a statement to TIME, a Reddit spokesperson said the site is committed to keeping its communities free of harassment and bigotry.
They also pointed to the recent banning of users from the social news site The_Donald, where a racist video was shared in December, and the banning of user accounts on 4chan and 8chan that linked to posts promoting the president.
“We have banned users from The_Trump subreddit and we have banned 8chan user accounts for their continued involvement in a toxic and hate-filled environment,” the spokesperson wrote.
“While these accounts are no longer associated with The_realDonaldTrump subreddit, we have been monitoring the sites behavior closely and have taken action on our own.”
“Reddit has made clear in our Community Guidelines that harassment of anyone on the platform is unacceptable and we take these complaints seriously,” the Reddit spokesperson added.
“We are committed to creating a safe, welcoming and supportive environment for all our community members, and will continue to monitor the communities activities to make sure we do so in a thoughtful and responsible way.”