Reddit, the massively popular links-sharing website where users post stories, pictures or info that they find interesting, prides itself on being open and liberal. It describes itself as “passionately dedicated to free speech”. In which case, why has it banned from its forums anyone who raises awkward or annoying questions about the science of climate change?
In a move that has been described by one British academic as “positive censorship”, a Reddit moderator has announced that Reddit is becoming “increasingly stringent with deniers”. The Reddit moderator says climate “contrarians” were too often expressing “uninformed and outspoken opinions”, and so the site decided to adopt a much more “proactive moderation”. Now, whenever a user makes a “potentially controversial submission” on climate change, the moderators issue that user with a “warning”. If the user persists in posting “potentially controversial submissions”, he’s “banned from the forum”.
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/brend ... to-shreds/
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/ ... it-science
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news ... ead-again/
http://www.newstatesman.com/future-proo ... ing-trolls
http://www.examiner.com/article/al-gore ... al-warming
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nathan-al ... 55825.html
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