This morning I went on Reddit to look for some breaking tech news. I was on a public computer, so I didn’t sign in — I just went to select “technology” from the default list of subreddits, but it wasn’t there. Sure, I could search for the subreddit, but at over 5,000,000 subscribers, why was the subreddit missing from the usual scroll? Then I learned about the controversy surrounding Reddit’s technology sub, which has resulted in its disappearance from the default subreddit list, as well as raising serious questions about Reddit’s credibility and policies.
It turns out that the technology subreddit has been heavily censored for months. An observant redditor figured this out by searching for terms that one would expect to find in the subreddit, such as “NSA” and “bitcoin.” There were no instances of those terms, which is impossible. Thus, the user, creq, developed a list of other words that were suspiciously absent. The list is mind-boggling — how could one expect to discuss technology without using terms such as “spying” or “net neutrality” or “FCC”?