Reddit, a social media site typically known for “free speech,” made headlines this week as its CEO Steve Huffman went into Trump supporter comments and made edits … or really he censored them because let’s be honest, that’s what he did.
Huffman admitted it.
Reddit CEO admits to editing posts from Donald Trump supporters https://t.co/GL2uMiP3j5
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) November 24, 2016
According to “The Blaze,” Huffman was editing comments with his own username (f**k u/spezo) surrounding #Pizzagate trying to quote, “avoid a witch hunt” on the site. In addition to editing comments, sounds like Huffman took steps to altogether remove the #Pizzagate subreddit.
@theblaze So Wrong! They need to be held accountable!
— Joyce A Lockyer (@joycealiceangst) November 24, 2016
@theblaze Just an example why no one trust the media, anymore. They are so arrogant, they don't even understand the need for trust.
— MrBoots (@MrBootsTheCat11) November 25, 2016
@theblaze – Edits? It's called Censorship and manipulation..
— Warren E. Dixon Jr (@warrendix3) November 25, 2016
By Wednesday afternoon, users noticed their comments had been edited, so Huffman released the following statement:
Yep. I messed with the “f**k u/spez ” comments, replacing “spez” with r/the_donald mods for about an hour. It’s been a long week here trying to unwind the r/pizzagate stuff. As much as we try to maintain a good relationship with you all, it does get old getting called a pedophile constantly. As the CEO, I shouldn’t play such games, and it’s all fixed now. Our community team is pretty pissed at me, so I most assuredly won’t do this again.
— Financial Express (@FinancialXpress) November 25, 2016
Other sites keep saying Huffman “changed” posts or he “edited” them but let’s just call it what it was.