22 votes

It's Reddit's turn: The 'front page of the internet' should be next to face Congress

11 comments

  1. [3]
    dubteedub
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    One thing the article missed is that Reddit recently admitted that it was targeted by an Iranian influence campaign as well...

    One thing the article missed is that Reddit recently admitted that it was targeted by an Iranian influence campaign as well

    https://www.reddit.com/r/announcements/comments/9bvkqa/an_update_on_the_fireeye_report_and_reddit/

    Of course that was only after news had come out that Reddit moderators had been reporting that exact influence effort to the admins for well over a year

    https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/volunteers-found-iran-s-propaganda-effort-reddit-their-warnings-were-n903486

    7 votes
    1. [2]
      sublime_aenima
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      They link the same announcement you linked plus an article from mashable:

      They link the same announcement you linked plus an article from mashable:

      Most recently, Reddit announced that an Iranian influence operation recently uncovered to be targeting platforms like Facebook was also targeting them. In all, 143 accounts were identified as part of this operation, which Reddit said "focused on steering the narrative around subjects important to Iran, including criticism of U.S. policies in the Middle East and negative sentiment toward Saudi Arabia and Israel. They were also involved in discussions regarding Syria and ISIS."

      8 votes
      1. dubteedub
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        ah nuts, I missed that bit. I read all the discussion on Russia influence, but did not seem them mention Iran. My bad!

        ah nuts, I missed that bit. I read all the discussion on Russia influence, but did not seem them mention Iran.

        My bad!

        5 votes
  2. [8]
    EscReality
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    While I do think Reddit needs to own up to its transgressions, I do not think anonymous message boards and mainstream social media should be in the same category.

    While I do think Reddit needs to own up to its transgressions, I do not think anonymous message boards and mainstream social media should be in the same category.

    4 votes
    1. [3]
      Deimos
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      People disregarding reddit as "not mainstream" and acting like it doesn't matter as much as the "real" social media sites is exactly the problem that this article is pointing out. Alexa puts...

      People disregarding reddit as "not mainstream" and acting like it doesn't matter as much as the "real" social media sites is exactly the problem that this article is pointing out.

      Alexa puts reddit as the #5 site in the US, above Twitter, Wikipedia, Instagram, and a lot of other extremely popular sites. According to this Pew study from last week, more reddit users (percentage-wise) get their news from it than any other social media site.

      It really shouldn't be getting treated like a niche site with no impact, it's a major source of where people get their news and information.

      18 votes
      1. CALICO
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        Basically this. Reddit has gotten much larger, and far more mainstream, than it was back in the "When does the narwhal bacon?" days, or prior to that. It truly is the front page of the internet...

        Basically this.
        Reddit has gotten much larger, and far more mainstream, than it was back in the "When does the narwhal bacon?" days, or prior to that. It truly is the front page of the internet now, and its influence among the general population cannot be overlooked. Especially if it's being used as a propaganda and disinformation tool by hostile foreign intelligence agencies.

        8 votes
      2. EscReality
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        You make a very good point. I think my view towards it is just a hold out from before its rise to power. I will be the first to admit that over the last decade it has become a large source for...

        You make a very good point. I think my view towards it is just a hold out from before its rise to power.

        I will be the first to admit that over the last decade it has become a large source for current news for me.

        I would never deny its status as a mainstream website, I just feel weird referring to it as a social media outlet. Which I guess is silly.

        6 votes
    2. [4]
      sublime_aenima
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      Reddit has migrated from message board/link aggregator status to mainstream social media, especially since the redesign.

      Reddit has migrated from message board/link aggregator status to mainstream social media, especially since the redesign.

      11 votes
      1. [3]
        EscReality
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        Redesign? There is no redesign in Lake Laogai, I know not what you speak of.

        Redesign? There is no redesign in Lake Laogai, I know not what you speak of.

        4 votes
        1. [2]
          starchturrets
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          Go to new.reddit.com.

          Go to new.reddit.com.

          1 vote
          1. EscReality
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            It was a joke, I am well aware of and will never use that garbage can of a UI.

            It was a joke, I am well aware of and will never use that garbage can of a UI.

            9 votes