Steve Huffman is CEO and top administrator of Reddit.com, a formerly glorious online forum where users subscribe to ‘Subreddits’ organized by interest. Users then aggregate favorable content to the ‘Front Page’ of those Subreddits. Subreddits vary wildly by interest, and include pages like /r/showerbeer dedicated to shower beer selfies, fan based subreddits like /r/the_donald dedicated to the 45th President of the United States of America, and more…
But you knew all that.
Huffman goes by Spez onsite — and he has all administrative capabilities at Reddit. His bigoted and dangerous actions include banning Muslims for having different views than him, manipulating Reddit’s algorithms to suppress opposing views, and possibly hiding incriminating evidence during a FBI investigation involving the Clinton email server.
Most recently Spez banned /r/Pizzagate. Pizzagate was investigating and exposing high-ranking government and Hollywood elite engaged in child trafficking, abuse, and criminal conduct. These findings from Wikileaks were investigated first on /r/The_Donald. The rampant and evil corruption was soiling everyone’s post-election bliss so /r/Pizzagate separated from /r/The_Donald. — but many remained committed to draining Washington and Hollywood’s swamp of child abusers.
Spez’ abuse of power is completely opposed to the open information model many early Reddit developers like Aaron Swartz favored. Swartz killed himself in 2013 after federal charges against him surfaced for downloading academic journals from MIT’s library.
Time Magazine wrote after Swartz’ death of his beliefs:
“Swartz believed deeply that information — particularly that which might benefit society — should be made available for free to the public.”
One would imagine Wikileaks — which is free and beneficial to public society — would thrive under Spez’ regime. And saving children from abusers is a noble cause, right Spez?
Turns out Spez hates saving babies and baby savers. So Spez banned /r/Pizzagate. When floods of comments erupted complaining about Spez’ censorship and his protection of child traffickers, Spez simply re-wrote the damning comments. He abused his privilege by switching any mention of Spez to a moderator from The_Donald:
Spez finally owned up to his abuse of power and deceit, writing:
Yep. I messed with the “fuck 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.
Shadowman3001 (one of many The_Donald moderators) earned the top comment by replying:
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.
A concerned user asked Spez, “So… how many other comments all over reddit have been edited anonymously by an admin?“
He replied, “None. This was a case of me trolling the trolls for a bit.”
Because he still thinks we won the election — and the enthusiastic patriots who support Trump and want to end child abuse are trolls there for his sadistic pleasure and abuse of power.