Reddit CEO Admits To Shadow Editing User Comments Amid PizzaGate Scandal
Reddit Steve Huffman

The administrator and CEO of Reddit, Steve Huffman (who goes by the Reddit handle Spez), admitted to altering user comments to say things that the user did not intend to say. When the shadow edit is made there is no indication that the comment has been edited, meaning that it’s made to look as if the user made a comment in earnest when they did not.

The news broke when Huffman made a post on the popular political sub-Reddit, The_Donald. On November 23rd, 2016 Huffman explained that he did indeed edit a user’s comment after he and the rest of the Reddit staff have been receiving lots of critical remarks for completely banning the PizzaGate sub-Reddit, which was the hub for investigating pedophilia rings. Huffman wrote…

“Yep. I messed with the “fuck u/spez” comments. 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.”

The change was quickly added to Huffman’s Wikipedia page, where it currently lists Huffman’s admission to modifying user comments.

Nick Monroe posted a tweet comparing one of the edited comments that was archived.

One of the moderators from The_Donald, going by the handle of shadowman3001, was not pleased with this at all given the implications of what it means for users accused of potentially saying things they may not have said, writing…

“You understand the gravity of the massive fireball you just put out there, correct? You have lost the trust of (at least) thousands of users of this website. You have literally, in that petty act, destroyed the credibility of Reddit. Any article that quotes a user post, uncredible. For all people know here, we are all now in danger of the admins throwing child porn into one of our histories, and endangering us.
This was a massive mistake. This is your career, and you put your emotions into making this massive mistake.”

Others within the thread questioned if it was actually true that PizzaGate really did have dox information on the sub or if maybe it was all staged to shut the entire sub-Reddit down.

According to a user claiming to be a former moderator of the PizzaGate sub, he stated on a Voat thread that they were actually trying to clamp down on dox and any other content that broke the site-wide rules, writing…

“Hey guys, I’m a mod over at reddit and an admin just told us the sub will be banned. Apparently we didnt do a good enough job keeping people from posting personal information. I call bullshit on that though, due to us banning that shit on sight. It would probably make sense to send people here now.”

Some people accused them of not being more vigilant to the requests made by the administrators, and on Reddit the self-proclaimed moderator of PizzaGate tried to defend their policing of the forum, writing

“Topmindsofreddit users were also brigading us like hell. Two of them even messaged me saying they would shut the sub down. So I wouldn’t be surprised if they actually spammed links on other accounts and reported them to the admins. They also messaged me before our official thread was up. So the question remains how did they know beforehand?”

This all comes amidst a week of citizens trying to crack down on what they believe is potential mounting empirical data of pedophile rings operating within the highest executive orders of our nation’s government.

Twitter has been suspending and banning users to outing pedophile rings, and have been actively censoring hashtags that have been trending in order to spread the information that there is a serious problem facing the nation. When Twitter began censoring the content, people moved their operations into the PizzaGate sub-Reddit, but just a day later Reddit banned the sub.

This all comes shortly after rumors about an anti-human trafficking activist, Monica Petersen, was reported dead in Haiti last week after investigating sex trafficking, allegedly in connection with the Clinton Foundation. Some sites have hand-waved away the information saying it’s all baseless rumors; these same sites also actively ignored ties that were found to the alleged Haiti corruption that were mentioned within Wikileaks e-mails by former legislative aide Brent Budowsky, who warned Clinton and Podesta about burying the Haiti corruption before the media got a hold of it. Budowsky’s comments seemed to synch up to what Petersen had mentioned to her friends in one of her last messages.

PizzaGate and The_Donald were two of the most active subs in uncovering and sharing this information, just until PizzaGate was permanently banned by the Reddit administrators on the grounds of “witch hunting”.

The PizzaGate investigations were relocated to GamerGateHQ and Voat.

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  • Alistair

    Well finally it have to happen that the mainstream media BBC has cover this story billy.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/38088712/reddit-ceo-steve-huffman-admits-changing-posts-made-by-donald-trump-supporters.

    And right down the news article do I see the words Hillary & campaign tie to “child abuse” pizzagate.

    Has the mainstream media sit up & now notice. It too late now because I don’t pay the tv license now.

    Now that the BBC not being biased they should keep it up reporting news even if it means upsetting some folk.

  • LurkerJK

    Whenever you think they cannot go any lower they can still surprise you

  • Bitterbear

    Hey, keep an alternative to Disqus at hand. You’ll never know when you’ll lose access to it for violating nebulous terms of service.

    • C G Saturation

      Yeah, can’t trust any service nowadays. Crony Capitalism is rampant. I bet they’re all in on it together.

  • C G Saturation

    Thanks for the write up. I just woke up and saw this earlier. I’m hearing that my prediction came true, and people are now intentionally doxxing on various subreddits in order to get them permabanned by Reddit’s sudden and inconsistent anti-doxxing stance in reaction to r/pizzagate.

    Watch people blame the doxxers. The fact is, none of this would be a problem if Reddit wasn’t f’kn playing favorites and selectively censoring (and now secretly modifying) shit.

    I also find it interesting that Spez’s statement made it sound like he’s been taking a lot of heat just for leaving r/pizzagate up.

    • I’m getting kind of tired of that Snopes place. They just seem to take poorly presented information and then say “nope”. Is it a joke site or something? They don’t seem to cover the facts very well at all (or sometimes completely ignore the facts altogether).

      Also, I’m glad to see a lot of people in the Yahoo! comment section calling out Yahoo! for being douche nozzles. Most of the normies aren’t falling for it about PizzaGate being debunked. Maybe there’s a ray of hope yet?

      • C G Saturation

        Haha. I think you described Snopes very accurately.

        Cernovich just leaked very juicy Reddit admin discussion:
        https://twitter.com/Cernovich/status/801680245631766528

        Bye, Spez! Cuck.

      • Jens – alt er på Twitter

        Snopes are just biased. “There is no solid evidence, therefore it’s confirmed to be false”.

        • C G Saturation

          More like “our friends are involved, therefore they are absolutely innocent”.

  • James Alpen

    DIsgusting that the Herald Sun in Australia also calls this a ‘far fetched’ conspiracy without doing any research. I officially don’t trust the media ANYMORE.

    • C G Saturation

      If I recall correctly, the Herald Sun does not allow comments on their articles? Like most Australian news sites.

      Also, someone drew up a child trafficking chart for the Australian government a while ago. If true, a ton of Australian politicians and bigwigs have been kidnapping and selling children for decades. It’d explains all the kids vanishing with nobody ever caught, and the government quietly throwing tens of millions of Australian taxpayer dollars at the Clinton Foundation for absolutely no reason.

    • Jens – alt er på Twitter

      Can I just ask everyone to look at ‘james alefantis instagram’, it’s the second top Google hit, on sli. mg. It’s only pictures from Instagram, no text to read, just scroll through it. takes a few minutes at most. A few are disturbing / not safe for work.

      It’s the instagram of a man who runs a pizza+pingpong parlor and was named as one of the top 50 most powerful people in Washington DC by GQ magazine, on the same list as the Director of CIA and the House leaders.

      • C G Saturation

        Yeah, and nobody finds it suspicious as hell that this guy keeps posting questionable material involving kids, and that the world’s most powerful elites are pouring money into his rundown pizza shop and hanging out there with him.

        Not to mention the mainstream media big hitters being quick to defend him. If he was a random regular guy, the news would probably just ignore him. Although, if he was a random regular guy, people wouldn’t consider him a person of interest.

  • Hawk Hopper
  • anopolis

    while not speaking literally, but figuratively speaking, fuck dat guy..fuck him hard, and then, put him away wet…and then wake up in the morning and pee on him with the stanky dark yellow pee…again..figurative…not literal..just so were all clear..don’t pee on people..unless you’re R. kelly.

    • don’t pee on people..unless you’re R. kelly.

      I thought that was Ray J?

      • Blake

        Ray J made a sex tape with Kim Kardashian, R Kelly peed on a 14 year old https://youtu.be/mT-O4G27kso

        • Oh, I was pretty sure Ray J peed on Kim Kardashian, but maybe I’m getting the sex tapes mixed up.

        • C G Saturation

          They’re all the same to me. New celebs keep popping up and doing weird shit. I don’t know or recognize them. I heard R Kelly peed a long time ago, but I still don’t know what an R Kelly is. Only found out who Kardashian and Gaga are recently. Still seems like a waste of memory.

          I think we’d all be better off if we weren’t so enamored by pop culture and celebrities. Especially people who make a living pretending to be someone else and lying.

          • anopolis

            An R Kelly is a dude who pee’s on people. I think he also dabbles in the music industry. I agree soooo much with your assessment of our cultures current celebrity conundrum. but if some asshole doesn’t tell you who to think then how can you get by in life? Fuck em all, I say. ..well..except clint eastwood..i like that guy.

          • C G Saturation

            Yeah. I also would like to find some nice people to follow in the steps of, but I’ve learned that you can’t rely on others to be what you want to see in the world. Have to do it yourself. Even if you find something who agrees with you, it’s guaranteed they won’t agree on everything.

            From all the PizzaGate stuff, it sounds like some of the Music Industry is involved too. Not surprising.

  • giygas

    Was there ever any doubt that Plebbit is run by shady people?

    • C G Saturation

      Ugh, it’s so hard to read. Their Engilsh sucks, they’re so full of shit and biased. Special snowflakes bitching that their enjoyment of the entire Reddit site is being destroyed by r/the_donald.

      They don’t understand this whole thing stems from them perpetuating and protecting blatant lies, corruption, even child murder. When Trumpers “attack” other places, it’s very likely because they see assholes spreading lies, and feel the need to call them out. But the mods see that as “toxic”.

      Maybe the assholes shouldn’t push bullshit lies to begin with. Then they wouldn’t get doxxed or have their “enjoyment ruined”.

      • C G Saturation

        Something else I’d really like to point out:
        In the past year or so, when browsing the net, it’s really difficult to avoid anti-Trump stuff. It has become deeply integrated into most cultures. I literally cannot look at articles, forums or comments without seeing people bashing Trump. Anything negative is immediately labelled as “Trump”. Now, I can’t go anywhere without seeing people saying the world is going to end because of Trump. I’m not the only one who has noticed this. People have complained about it to me many times.

        A few minutes ago, I accidentally ended up on Reddit’s main page. The very top thread was a woman skateboarding in high heels for a few seconds, and she wore a huge Hillary sticker. Bet it wouldn’t be at the top otherwise. Another thread near the top was about a woman trying to cash in a fake million dollars, and of course there were people saying she’s a Trump voter.

        On the other hand, I never see anyone bash Hillary openly, unless I visit a link specifically discussing her corruption. I think a big part of it is because we are not allowed to criticize women. People don’t give Trump enough credit for having to defeat her as an opponent without looking weak or mean.

        Again, I’m not a Trump supporter (I still suspect that everything is part of one big farce), but imagine what it’s like for Trump supporters to endure this one-sided bias on a daily basis. Young girls and boys are being punched in the face, thrown out of their classrooms and kicked out of their house by their own parents for merely considering supporting Trump. Adults are being beaten and robbed, their Trump hats always stolen.

        This all rings warning bells in my mind. Anyone who is sane should realize there is something very wrong with all this. They compare Trump to Hitler, but Hitler was a very charismatic leader who the people initially accepted. They weren’t constantly threatening to kill him like they’re doing to Trump and his supporters.

        It’s obvious that the ones we really need to be wary of are the ones who we are told are winning by 99%, that everyone trusts and loves unconditionally. That’s how Hillary supporters seem to see Hillary – incapable of any wrong.

  • Gorgon

    Jesus Christ, I thought reddit was garbage, but this is a new fucking low. As if shadowbanning wasn’t bad enough.

    • C G Saturation

      Not to mention deleting anyone who criticized their best friend ZQ, and (if I recall correctly) how Ian Miles Cheong used to be a mod on Reddit and accepted bribes to artificially influence popularity.

      Reddit’s popularity algorithms have also been proven to automatically suppress stuff they don’t want people to know about, like Assange going missing, Trump not being a complete loon, Trump supporters being a lot more than “uneducated racist whites”, etc.

      A while ago, a coding mistake in their algorithm ended up making every post on r/all from r/The_Donald, even new posts with 0 upvotes. This proved that there is code specifically targeting The_Donald, but when people/mods tried to talk about it, Reddit deleted their posts.

      Everything I hear about Reddit heavily implies that it’s a complete shithole. I don’t know why people still use it. Same goes for Facebook, Twitter, etc. I don’t trust them at all. They will edit our posts if they can get away with it, and we’ll be the ones arrested for it.

      • Bitterbear

        Everything I hear about Reddit heavily implies that it’s a complete shithole. I don’t know why people still use it. Same goes for Facebook, Twitter, etc. I don’t trust them at all.

        These three have reached a size and a level of influence that won’t go away without a fight. See the hosting problems that Voat has the moment it became an alternative to reddit and the accusations of soggy knees began to fly.

        • C G Saturation

          Yeah, everywhere I visit the web, even in other languages, Twitter and Facebook are intertwined deeply. I can’t imagine people working around that easily.

          • Bitterbear

            They’re artificially Too big to fail because its’ convenient for governments to have control over them.

          • C G Saturation

            Yeah, it’s very easy to control everything when it’s all owned by the same few people/companies.

            A Japanese friend was telling me that huge congolmerate corporations (zaibatsu) owning everything is banned in Japan now, so they don’t have as many corruption issues.

      • Gorgon

        Don’t see why they would even bother, considering the election results. This kind of shit will end up just hurting them in the long run.