The report claims that moderators at the ‘r/news’ subsection of reddit (with over 2 million subscribed readers) repeatedly removed the Greenwald/Snowden story on government manipulation and disruption of the Internet.
The story, which outlined how the American and British governments had created false information about their targets to destroy their reputations, is regarded as being one of the most important revelations of the Snowden files.
The article also states: “…’targets’ for this deceit and reputation-destruction extend far beyond the customary roster of normal spycraft: hostile nations and their leaders, military agencies, and intelligence services. In fact, the discussion of many of these techniques occurs in the context of using them in lieu of “traditional law enforcement” against people suspected (but not charged or convicted) of ordinary crimes or, more broadly still, “hacktivism”, meaning those who use online protest activity for political ends.”
Moderators at the even bigger ‘r/worldnews’ (with over 5 million subscribers) also repeatedly deleted the story, so that each new post had to start over at zero.
The site has had issues in the past over censorship and previous revelations have cost Reddit thousands of users. This latest revelation will be particularly damaging for the site after it announced this week the beta testing of a new ‘live-reporting’ feature, designed to embrace their reputation as a place for ‘open-source’ journalism.
To read the details of the full investigation, click here.