Proof that reddit.com censors comments on the fly

March 3, 2009

This was my last incarnation on reddit.com, a popular bookmarking/social site owned by Conde Nast:

http://www.reddit.com/user/mentsh/

Five posts down is this comment of mine, a response to this post on Obama’s lack of a birth certificate (he instead fooled the sheep with a ‘Certification of Live Birth’, a completely different animal from a birth certificate):

“In order to process your application, DHHL utilizes information that is found only on the original Certificate of Live Birth, which is either black or green. This is a more complete record of your birth than the Certification of Live Birth (a computer-generated printout). Submitting the original Certificate of Live Birth will save you time and money since the computer-generated Certification requires additional verification by DHHL.”

http://hawaii.gov/dhhl/applicants/appforms/applyhhl

And heres’ the permalink for that comment, which yields the standard reddit “there doesn’t seem to be anything here” message when confronted with an empty comment section:

http://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/81qkx/why_do_people_read_wnd_on_obamas_eligibility/c080f1y

Reddit just removes the comment’s view from the rest of the world’s view while fooling the poster (me, in this case) into thinking it’s visible when logged in.

Fancy censorship by coding, eh? The poster I’m replying to is visible, but my reply has ‘disappeared’.

Advertisements

2 Responses to “Proof that reddit.com censors comments on the fly”

  1. apollonian Says:

    Height Of Hypocrisy At Jezekiah…
    (Apollonian, 4 Mar 09)

    Censorship?–so what are u complaining about?–u little punk bastard, son-of-a-bitch. Censorship–isn’t that what u do?–stupid motherfucker. Honest elections and death to the Fed. Apollonian

    • jezekiah Says:

      Normally, I don’t let ad hominem through. In your case, I’ll make an exception.

      Censorship is the expunging of reason and logic to protect the sensibilities of one or more groups. Blocking porn, cuss words and ad hominem isn’t censorship. It’s respect.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: