In a lengthy post in the official hub for site announcements, the CEO of Reddit, Steve Huffman, has apologised for comprising users' trust in the site by "attempting to troll the trolls" and added that the site will be "taking a more aggressive stance against toxic users and poorly behaving communities".
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For the past 11 years, an eternity in internet time, Reddit has touted itself — repeatedly, and loudly — as the place to have "authentic conversations" online. For a variety of reasons, that sentiment has always rang hollow. Now, Reddit, in its goal to be a laissez-faire haven of (relatively) free expression, has been overrun by nationalist trolls. Its staff of volunteer moderators is losing hope in the site's future.
At approximately 6:30PM AEDT, Donald J. Trump — a man who shares in common all the traits of burgeoning fascists through history — was declared the 45th president of the United States of America. He will take the office with a Republican majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. And the internet army that believes it elected him already has a new target.
Yesterday, we wrote about a YouTube video called "Hi Walter! I got a new gf today!" It had recently gone viral, and a theory emerged that it may have been connected to the 2009 disappearance of Kayla Berg, a Wisconsin teenager. Police announced that they were investigating the video on Monday, but yesterday, the department declared that the whole thing was just a twisted misunderstanding.
In October 2009, a user named Hi Walter! Its me Patrick! uploaded a video to YouTube called "Hi Walter! I got a new gf today!" In it, a man with glasses faces the camera and talks about meeting a girl at a shopping centre. In the video's last few seconds, the man promises to introduce the girl. The shot then switches, and he appears in a dark room, where he opens a door to reveal a young woman — bound and screaming on the floor.
A month ago, Soylent released Food Bars, a product that allegedly "offers the same complete nutrition but in a lighter, more portable form factor". (According to scientists, Soylent 2.0 does not offer complete nutrition.) Based on the Soylent subreddit and the company's own message boards, these bars have also been making its customers very sick.
North Korea is something of a locked box to the rest of the world, and even their version of one of the handiest apparatuses through which you can glimpse cultural habits — the internet — is largely inaccessible to anyone outside the country. Thanks to what appears to be an accidental reveal, however, we can now peek inside North Korea's internet tubes.
Reddit is the one of the largest and most influential communities on the internet, and the site plays an outsized role in what becomes popular online. Even for power users though, actually navigating the site can feel like a confusing chore. Follow these tips and you'll be finding the best content (before anyone else) on a Reddit that's clean, functional, and quick.
It's no secret that tech companies sometimes breed a frathouse office culture. Palantir — the Peter Thiel-cofounded data firm, for example — is no stranger to beer pong, drunken injuries or merciless pranks. But debauchery must have its limits. No one would be stupid enough to throw a stripper party in their own office, right?
I'm in the back of a Gregory's Coffee in New York's midtown across from Dronpes and flanked by Moots7, who are careful to tell me as little about themselves as possible. From what I can gather Moots works in finance and comes from rural Colorado, while Dronpes is a developer at a tech company, hard-working with a cautious, controlling streak. Both are tall, stubbly white guys in their late 20s — the right age to have fond memories of the first generation Pokemon games. Six months ago they embarked on creating The Silph Road, a project that has become the Pokemon GO player's bible.