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Dan McComas, Reddit Product SVP and Imzy Founder Interview
The incentive structure is simply growth at all costs. There was never, in any board meeting that I have ever attended, a conversation about the users, about things that were going on that were bad, about potential dangers, about decisions that might affect potential dangers. There was never a conversation about that stuff.
silicon-valley  reddit 
april 2018 by jomc
GOP Data Firm Accidentally Leaks Personal Details of Nearly 200 Million American Voters
The Reddit data could’ve been used as training data for an artificial intelligence algorithm focused on natural language processing, or it might have been harvested as part of an effort to match up Reddit users with their voter registration records.
elections  reddit  data 
june 2017 by jomc
The Clever Trick An Alt-Right Hot Spot Is Using To Seem Much, Much Bigger - BuzzFeed News
That places the true subscriber count directly next to a multiplier of 1,000,000 (or when Herrman noticed it last week, merely 1,000). A moderator appears to have done the same thing with the online count for the current number of subscribers:
alt-right  fake  reddit 
december 2016 by jomc
Bernie Sanders' Campaign Is Concerned About the 'Berniebro,' As They Maybe Should Be
The Berniebro is now what happens when Reddit eats a fairly liberal, if irritatingly opinionated white guy, and spits him out. He is tired, he is covered in boils, and he is intent on destroying Hillary Clinton by any. means. necessary.
reddit  politics 
february 2016 by jomc
The heads are rolling today | MetaFilter
If you use Reddit, you are now funding some of the worst hate groups on the internet.
july 2015 by jomc
yishan comments on Content Policy update. AMA Thursday, July 16th, 1pm pst.
The free speech policy was something I formalized because it seemed like the wiser course at the time. It's worth stating that in that era, we were talking about whether it was ok for people to post creepy pictures of women taken legally in public. That's shitty, but it's a far cry from the extremes of hate that some parts of the site host today. It seemed that allowing creepers to post (anonymized) pictures of women taken in public, in a relatively small subreddit that never showed up on the front page, was a small price to pay for making it clear that we were a place welcoming of all opinions and discourse.
reddit  free-speech 
july 2015 by jomc
Fix reddit with bitcoin. — Medium
The only problem is that reddit’s servers are hosted by a central organization. Because humans have interests, and no two humans’ interests align perfectly, it is often the case that the interests of reddit, Inc. come into conflict with reddit, the users. Sometimes this means too much advertising, but more generally it’s that reddit, Inc. focuses a little more on converting content into money so they can pay their bills and give a return to their investors, and a little less on building better tools and giving a better experience for the users of reddit. And the users don’t get paid for their labor.
july 2015 by jomc
The Death of Reddit | Chuq Von Rospach • Writing & Commentary
I don’t have a Reddit account because, ultimately, I could not support Reddit because of the groups they allow into that basement. How you feel about it is a decision you have to make, but in my mind, to the degree you help Reddit thrive by being a user, mod or contributor, you’re contributing to the success of that basement floor of rooms you’d never want to visit as well. I won’t enable that behavior, even indirectly. I am not judging your decision — but I am encouraging you to think and judge yourself.
july 2015 by jomc
Is Reddit's New CEO Really Committed To Combatting Harassment - BuzzFeed News
“Instead of promoting free expression of ideas, we are seeing our open policies stifling free expression; people avoid participating for fear of their personal and family safety.” In the post, Reddit’s admins suggest that “one of our basic rules is ‘Keep everyone safe,’” which is why the site implemented a series of protocols “to prohibit attacks and harassment of individuals through Reddit with the goal of preventing them.”
july 2015 by jomc
Sarah Jeong on Twitter: "Ellen Pao's mistake was believing that reddit's commitment to free speech was an actual ideological commitment, not a cost-saving measure."
Ellen Pao's mistake was believing that reddit's commitment to free speech was an actual ideological commitment, not a cost-saving measure.
july 2015 by jomc
Just something interesting: Paris Hilton might be a hardcore radio enthusiast : amateurradio
Paris Hilton. My car broke down on an autobahn in Germany. Managed to coast to sort of layby thing with a burger van and toilets in it. I was in a bad state because I can't speak any German, my phone had no credit and I didn't have my breakdown details with me so I had no idea what to do. I unsuccessfully asked the guy in the burger van for help and he apparently didn't speak English so rather pathetically I started to cry. Then this big old American guy appeared and offered me a cup of tea in his motor home (it wasn't proper tea but that's besides the point). In the van was another guy and friggin Paris Hilton! I kid ye not. She was sweet and made me a sandwich and gave me a hug then proceeded to talk to me for 30mins about some old radio bits she'd bought in some show in Freidrichshafen. I didn't understand most of it. She said that when she wasn't working she liked to drive about Europe going to radio and air shows as if she put a hat on nobody ever recognised her.
reddit  radio  wtf  interesting 
june 2015 by jomc
yishan comments on IAm Yishan Wong, the Reddit CEO
I've begun to converge on the idea that a good way to think of reddit is as a city-state. This is in contrast to how a lot of businesses think of themselves as e.g. money-making machines to be optimized and exploited, and customers to be cynically manipulated.
reddit  fake-states 
september 2014 by jomc
Reddit bans groups behind sharing of leaked celebrity photos | Technology |
The ban drew mixed responses. Some users questioned why the platform left other pages with offensive content, such as sex with dogs, or racist rants against African Americans in Ferguson, or calls for the massacre of Palestinians. Others accused the noticeboard of waiting until it reaped huge traffic before taking action.
september 2014 by jomc
blog.reddit -- what's new on reddit: Every Man Is Responsible For His Own Soul
Nevertheless, reddit’s platform is structurally based on the ability for people to distribute, promote, and highlight textual materials as well as links to images and other media. We understand the harm that misusing our site does to the victims of this theft, and we deeply sympathize.

Having said that, we are unlikely to make changes to our existing site content policies in response to this specific event.

The reason is because we consider ourselves not just a company running a website where one can post links and discuss them, but the government of a new type of community. The role and responsibility of a government differs from that of a private corporation, in that it exercises restraint in the usage of its powers.
september 2014 by jomc
un1cornbl00d comments on The Obama administration has been quietly advising local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology they are using to sweep up basic cellphone data from entire neighborhoods
Yeah I just commented on a pic saying that I thought it was my sister, btw I don't have a sister haha. But it's public indecency or something so the state of Delaware was probably gonna try and have me turn her in or something until they realized anybody on reddit can lie.
june 2014 by jomc
What is a "dirty little (or big) secret" about an industry that you have worked in, that people outside the industry really ought to know? : AskReddit
I work at a US lobbying firm, and I'm sure no Redditor would be shocked to hear that US legislators are ignorant. You might be surprised just HOW ill-informed a lot of them are, though. Like the Congressman who believed David Cameron was a member of the Socialist party. Or the one that asked me why we called it Russia now, not the USSR. Or the Senator who told me he'd grown up drinking sea water, and it was healthier for you. Or the governor who thought all Jews were killed by Hitler. The list could go on.
reddit  politics 
august 2013 by jomc
Police, citizens and technology factor into Boston bombing probe - The Washington Post
In addition to being almost universally wrong, the theories developed via social media complicated the official investigation, according to law enforcement officials. Those officials said Saturday that the decision on Thursday to release photos of the two men in baseball caps was meant in part to limit the damage being done to people who were wrongly being targeted as suspects in the news media and on the Internet.

That decision, which appeared to be a straightforward request for the public’s help in identifying the two men, turns out to have been a tactic with several purposes.

As investigators reviewed images, the young men in the black and white baseball caps came to stand out from the rest, Davis said.
doxing  reputation  police  reddit 
april 2013 by jomc
How One Response to a Reddit Query Became a Big-Budget Flick | Underwire |
Now, in response to The_Quiet_Earth’s question about time-traveling marines, Erwin started typing. He posted his answer in a series of comments in the thread. Within an hour, he was an online celebrity. Within three hours, a film producer had reached out to him. Within two weeks, he was offered a deal to write a movie based on his Reddit comments. Within two months, he had taken a leave from his job to become a full-time Hollywood screenwriter.
comments  film  writing  reddit 
march 2012 by jomc
Reddit founder eyes start-up funding -
Surprisingly, in a world where oversharing has become commonplace, he cites, a sort of Missed Connections for the college set, where users flirt and chat incognito in the hope of meeting in real life.

"People still appreciate moments of anonymity," he says. "And this is virally growing through all the college campuses. Once [a site like this] becomes popular and integral to a person's life, that's when it can make money."
reddit  social-media  vc  start-ups 
april 2011 by jomc

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